Health Benefits of Green Tea
If you’re familiar with Amora already, then you’re probably aware of our love for coffee. From our unique roasting method to our goal of sharing great coffee far and wide, coffee is the driving force behind Amora.
That being said, we’re no one-trick pony. If we only catered to the coffee lovers in the world, we’d be ignoring a significant percentage of the population: tea lovers! What kind of business would we be if we ignored our customers?
Rather than stick to the age-old narrative of “Coffee VS. Tea,” we decided they work best as a team, so back in 2015, we added tea to our lineup of products and never looked back! Now, we offer all sorts of teas, like black, herbal, and green tea!
Now, if you’re a coffee drinker reading this and thinking to yourself, “there’s more than one type of tea?” don’t worry, you’re not alone! While most people know about some of the different flavors of tea, plenty of people don’t know the difference between black, green, herbal, or oolong teas. We don’t have time for all of them here, but if you’re curious about all the sorts of tea you can find, feel free to check out our popular and herbal tea guides!
Instead, this article will focus on one of our favorite types of tea: green. Green tea has been around for centuries, and yet people today still don’t know much about the beverage! From questions like “does green tea have caffeine?” to “what are the best green teas?” there’s a whole lot that the world is still confused about.
We’ll take a look at some of the more common benefits green tea claims to have and what they mean for tea drinkers everywhere! So whether you’re a coffee drinker looking to convert, a tea enthusiast wanting to learn more, or simply a curious person by nature, let's dig into the world of green tea.
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What Makes Green Tea Green?
As we mentioned before, there are a few different types of tea, the main ones being black tea, green tea, and herbal tea.
Black and green tea both come from the same “tea plant,” while herbal tea can come from any infusion of herbs and spices! There are plenty of other varieties of tea, but if you want to do a deep dive into all the types of tea, be prepared for an overwhelming amount of information; it’s a lot!
So we know that black and green tea is different from herbal tea, but what separates these two types?
First up is caffeine content! The caffeine in green tea is significantly lower than the amount of caffeine in black tea, with an average of 35 mg of caffeine in green and roughly 100 mg of caffeine in black.
However, the most significant difference is hidden in how the tea is prepared. While both teas come from the same plant, black and green tea have vastly different journeys from harvest to mug.
After black tea is harvested, it’s left to fully oxidize, meaning that it’s left in the open air. The oxidization process takes the leaves from green tea to Oolong tea until eventually, the tea leaves turn brown and black, and voila! Black tea.
On the other hand, Green tea is heated almost immediately after harvest to halt the oxidization process. Most often, the leaves are steamed, though sometimes they can be heated by alternative methods. This keeps the tea leaves green and helps us to separate the types of tea from one another.
Stopping the oxidization process also preserves one of the key ingredients that gives green tea some of its beneficial properties!
The Secret Behind Green Tea
For centuries, green tea has been claimed to promote weight loss, heal injuries, and even prevent heart disease, among other things. Many of these claims stem from cultural medicinal practices or traditions and have yet to be proven, but there are some aspects of green tea we know to be good for us.
Arguably the most beneficial aspect of green tea comes from its natural chemical makeup. By not letting the tea leaves oxidize, as we mentioned above, green tea preserves micronutrients called polyphenols, which can be linked to many of the reported benefits of the drink.
Polyphenols are antioxidants, which play a fairly significant role in human health. You can find antioxidants all over the human body, but also in many foods and drinks, such as green tea. Antioxidants form a sort of defense against compounds called “free radicals,” which are chemicals that can harm you in high doses.
Bringing us back to green tea, the polyphenols found in tea leaves are potent antioxidants, meaning many of the health benefits we see in green tea come directly from the polyphenols. In particular, antioxidants (and polyphenols) have shown some success in:
- Helping to prevent various forms of cancer
- Working to reduce blood pressure
- Fighting against chronic illnesses, strokes, and heart disease
To clarify, green tea does not cure any of these illnesses, but a regular diet that includes green tea can potentially help to improve your health in these areas!
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