White Tea vs Green Tea: Which is Healthier?

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There has been a great deal of debate about white tea vs green tea, and while both are undeniably good for you, there are some differences between the two that stand out.

White Tea vs Green Tea

Two of the most popular types of tea in the world is white tea and green tea, but they are far from the same thing.

White Tea

  • White tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant, same as green tea and other teas, but white tea is more specifically brewed from the young leaves and buds, making it one of the rarest tea, as well as the sweetest in terms of flavor.
  • White tea goes through the least possible amount of processing, allowing it to retain many of its powerful antioxidant compounds. White tea has less caffeine than green tea, which is ideal for those who seek to reduce their intake of that chemical, while still enjoying the other benefits of tea.
  • White tea is also believed to have slightly higher levels of polyphenols than green tea. Research has shown that this may give white tea an advantage over green tea as a cancer-preventing substance.

Green Tea

  • Green tea is one of the most widely drunk beverages in the world and with good reason.
  • It has a very high level of epigallocatechin gallate and other antioxidants, as well as a relatively low level of caffeine.
  • In a single cup of green tea, there are between 35 and 70 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the brew, whereas white tea rarely exceeds 50 milligrams of caffeine.
  • This means that green tea is better for the metabolism, and is considered a better tea to include in a weight loss diet.
  • Green tea is minimally processed, but it does experience some oxidation, unlike the young buds used in the preparation of white tea.

While there are slightly fewer polyphenols in green tea, it is still a very healthy beverage, and due to its availability and price point, will likely remain more popular than white tea in the foreseeable future.

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