A breaking news announcement for anyone who has been asleep the last 200 years or so: Chinese tea and herbal tea are healthy drinks.
C’mon, you say, everyone knows that. Well, apparently not everyone. It wouldn’t be the subject of innumerable blogs, articles, and videos if everyone were converted to the truth of the matter. The writers and videographers are preaching to someone!
Without any expectation of it being the last word, here is an article on the virtues of Chinese tea and herbal tea.
First of all, there are 7 varieties of Chinese drinking tea: Green, black (called red in China), white, yellow, oolong, pu-erh, and herbal tea. They are brewed to produce slightly, or sometimes startlingly, different hues in the cup. Can you judge a Chinese tea by its color? No, but you can be seduced by the vibrant, clear colors into thinking dreamy thoughts and that’s worth something.
Still, drinking Chinese tea and herbal tea is even better than looking at a steaming cup of it.
Green Chinese tea is chock full of antioxidants, flavenoids, polyphenols and other natural ingredients with multiple-syllable names. Being able to spell the good stuff is not required in order to derive the benefits, which are many. Enhanced weight loss. Cancer resistance. UV radiation protection. Strengthened immune system. Anti-aging benefits.
You see why green Chinese tea is popular.
Unlike the unfermented green tea, black tea—called red tea in China—is fully fermented in its processing. It is not green in color and it has different healthful properties, such as improving digestion, controlling cholesterol, and reducing the risk of strokes. Black tea remains the most popular Chinese tea outside China.
Oolong tea is fermented more than green tea and less than black tea. This means, for the caffeine-conscious, that oolong contains more caffeine than unfermented green tea and less caffeine than fully fermented black tea. Oolong tea’s health benefits range from increased metabolism to improved heart health.
Yellow tea is similar to green tea in its processing, but its soup is, of all things, yellow. Dazzlingly yellow. The immune system—which cares not one whit about color—is sparked by this Chinese tea, giving drinkers better general healthfulness.
The Chinese tea that is particularly antioxidant rich is white tea. Tender tea plant buds are roasted for white tea and retain more of their cancer-fighting antioxidants. The tea’s caffeine content also is the lowest of any camellia sinensis Chinese drinking tea.
Pu-erh tea is brewed from aged tea leaves. What the tea lacks in freshness, it more than makes up for in deepened taste and quality. It is deemed to be a medicinal powerhouse, improving eyesight and smoothing digestion.
Then there is Chinese herbal tea. There is no caffeine in these teas, being brewed from flowers and herbs rather than tea plant leaves. The best organic herbal tea is the one that appeals most to a drinker’s taste buds. Beyond that, herbal tea brings a variety of health benefits including improved digestion, stabilized heart health, and neurological calm.
There really is no best organic herbal tea any more than there is a best Chinese drinking tea. All of the Chinese tea varieties offered by Wild & Bare Co. are excellent, so trying one of each will lead you to your favorite!
About the Author
Jean Alberti, raised in a family restaurant near Strasbourg, France, is a super chef and founder of Wildandbare.com. Chef Jean Alberti is a believer of the wonders of fresh produce and was awarded as the Best Cooking Apprentice in France.
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