Is Tea a plant?
Diversity is beautiful, especially when it comes to food and drink! It gives you so much to choose from and enjoy. Tea is no exception. But did you know that all types of teas, (not tisanes) come from the same plant-- Camellia Sinensis. In fact, different tea types depend on the specific variant of this plant.
Black vs. Green Tea
Broadly, we place the tea we drink in six categories -
- White tea.
- Green tea.
- Yellow tea.
- Oolong tea.
- Black tea.
- Dark tea (or post-fermented tea)
Popular Tea types
Two amongst these are relatively more popular: black and green teas. Is one better than the other? Nonsense - we are inclusive and do not discriminate, particularly in matters of tea.
Nutritionally, many components of black and green tea are comparable: both teas are fat-free and therefore low in calories, making them obvious choices for a healthy beverage. Also, both teas are a source of manganese, which helps keep bones healthy. However, as is the power of diversity, each of these types of tea is better at providing certain benefits over its fellow teas.
Black Tea Vs. Green Tea
- Vitamins vs. Minerals: green tea is the better source of vitamins, such as A and C. Black tea, on the other hand is better at providing us with minerals, such as Copper, Manganese and calcium.
- Antioxidants: while both teas contain antioxidants, there are minute details which differentiate them. Green tea is rich in a specific antioxidant, catechin, which helps protect the body's cells from damage and enhances immunity; black tea, apart from catechin, contains additional compounds which help lower bad cholesterol in the blood, and hence improve heart health.
- Gastrointestinal health: They are both good for the gut. However, green tea impacts weight more than black tea, helping contain weight gain; black tea better regulates overall digestion and gut health.
From the above information, it is obvious that either type of tea will bring you benefits and wellness - but with a range of benefits, your tea is your chai-ce!