White Tea 101: What it is, Benefits, Recipes

What is white tea?

The name "white tea" derives from the fine silvery-white hairs on the unopened buds of the tea plant, which gives the plant a whitish appearance. White tea undergoes the least processing of any "true" tea. Tea buds are picked before they are even ripe and opened. They are sun-dried and that's it! There is no rolling or oxidation. White tea is produced in smaller quantities relative to other types of tea.

What are the benefits of white tea?

  • most rich in polyphenols, an anti-oxidant that combats cancer-causing cells
  • boosts the immune system by fighting viruses and infection-causing bacteria
  • contains small amounts of fluoride that helps to prevent the growth of dental plaque
  • lowers blood pressure and improves artery function
  • contains catechins, an anti-oxidant group that reduces bad cholesterol

Does white tea contain caffeine?

Since white tea is derived from the tea leaf it does contain caffeine, but not at the same level as a black or green tea

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