Why Black Tea Not Different From Green

Did you know that all tea originates from the same plant? This plant is called the Camellia sinensis, and all our green, black, white, and oolong teas are made of the same leaves.

Since that is true, does black tea really differ that much from green?

1) Health Benefits:

Of course this is the most popular amoung many. Whenever green tea is mentioned, it is the health aspects that take center stage. Over the years, green tea has received much attention on this topic, and a lot of research that has been conducted conclude that green offers many health benefits. But what about black tea? Does it offer any?

In this first match up, green has black beaten, but only by a few subtle numbers. Believe it or not, consumung a cup of black tea can give you exactly what green offers...just not in the same amounts. Simply put, there are double that amount of antioxidants found in a cup of green than a cup of black.

However, unless you drink the recommended 4 to 5 cups a day to achieve the long term benefits, these differences between green and black are small if you only drink an average of just one cup daily.

2) Caffeine:

Black tea has approximately half the amount of caffeine than a regular cup of coffee, and green tea contains half the amount of caffeine than black.

So, there are two ways to declare a winner with this one. For example if you love your caffeine in the morning, than black is the obvious choice. It also goes great with a hearty breakfast.

If you prefer to have a hot beverage in the evening but don't want the effects of the caffeine to keep you up all night, than green (or white tea) is the better choice.

3) Flavor:

Green tea has a misunderstood reputation for tasting like grass or spinach. This only remains true if you steep it using tea bags. The result is always a bitter and fuzzy cup.

Loose leaf greens have a more sweeter, mellow, and balanced taste. While it is true that some varieties may be more "vegetal" than others, overall, the taste of green is rather pleasant. Starting off with mild varieties helps break the palate in for some of the stronger types.

Black tea steeped from tea bags suffers just the same. But when prepared loose leaf style, like green, will produce a more enjoyable cup. Black varieties have a more deeper and richer flavor which can range from being malty, earthy, citrus-like, rocky, smoky, and even chocolaty.

If one were to add sugar, honey, or milk black tea offers even more character.

The winner here is solely determined by the personal preference of each drinker...

4) Varieties:

Finally, we'll look at which offers the most varieties.

And to be honest, this one may never have an answer! World wide, there are thousands of varieties of each type, and that makes it impossible to draw a fair conclusion on which offers more.

What can be stated is that both green and black tea offer enough varieties and sub varieties to discover which will keep a tea lover happy for a very long time. Sure there are many popular types like English Breakfasf, Earl Grey, and Irish Breakfast for black...and "Dragonwell", "Sencha", and Pi Lo Chun" for green.

But like flavor, this topic also depends on what each person prefers.

So, while green tea may have black tea beaten on health benefits, there are many other factors to consider. And there is no "tea rule" that states you can only choose one type! Enjoy all types of tea for whatever situation or event you best see fit!

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