Is white tea the next green tea?

February 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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A very good article on my favorite health drink, Green Tea. It was posted on the web site of The India Times.

 

Is white tea the next green tea?

TOI explores the comparisons between the two beverages and lists down some of the benefits of consuming white tea

 

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me,” said famous writer CS Lewis. And for tea lovers, choices are aplenty when it comes to choosing flavours. But the latest fad seems to be white tea. Though the hot beverage comes from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) as green tea, white tea is said to have higher health benefits as compared to green tea. And what’s more? White tea is also one of the most expensive teas in the world.

 

 

What is white tea?

City-based consultant dietician Dharini Krishnan, who has done a presentation on white tea explains, “Historically, white tea is derived from the first flush buds grown only in the Fukien Province of China, but now manufactured in India and Sri Lanka, among other places. While the tea is not white in colour, it has got its name due to the silvercoloured, white hair-like picked tea bud. The beverage is pale yellow in colour.” The reason for its exorbitant rate is because white tea is plucked in a very short time. “White tea is produced from unopened buds of tea shoots. These buds are withered and dried under special conditions. Anything that is rare becomes expensive. It is also produced in small quantities, which is one of the reasons why it is very expensive,” she says.

 

 

Benefits of white tea
Similar to green tea, white tea also has a lot of health benefits. Dharini advises to have this tea in between meals to see its yield. “The benefits of this tea can be given to its flavonoids as they help in various ways such as improving vascular health, which further helps in the prevention of heart diseases. White tea also helps in weight management,” she says. Chinese and Japanese people consume substitute white tea with water since it also helps in hydration to the body.

 
Green tea vs white tea
While several people draw comparisons between green and white tea, Dharini says that both has high nutritional values. Krishnan says, “They have only catechins (antioxidants) as the flavonoid (compounds) present. Other mature teas have catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins (other antioxidants in tea leaves). There are a lot of claims that white tea has more catechins as compared to green tea. But composition data has proved this wrong. However, the bitterness in white tea is lesser than green tea because the leaves are plucked at an early stage.”

 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Is-white-tea-the-next-green-tea/articleshow/30041291.cms

Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes

June 29, 2011 at 8:21 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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I had been showing  articles from Diabetic Living On Line on 15 Foods that were bad for Diabetes and now I’ll be showing articles on the Top 20 Power Foods for Diabetes and some healthy recipes along with it. All from: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

By Lori Brookhart-Schervish; Contributing writer Marsha McCulloch, RD; Reviewed by Connie Crawley, RD, LD, 2009

Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease. Of course, the foods on this list shouldn’t be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Are These Power Foods in Your Diet?

If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood glucose levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

#18 Tea

The next time you pour yourself a cup of white, green, or black tea, you could be doing your health a favor. Tea contains antioxidant-rich flavonoids, called catechins, which have been studied for their effectiveness in preventing chronic illnesses such as cancer and heart disease, says nutritionist Jeannette Jordan.

There are various types of teas from all over the world, and many are sold ground in tea bags or as loose-leaf varieties.

Loose Leaf Tea

Fun tea facts: White tea is the highest in antioxidants, with green coming in second, followed by oolong tea, then black tea, according to Mike Feller, co-owner of Gong Fu Tea in Des Moines. This is because of each tea’s degree of oxidation–the less it is oxidized, the higher the antioxidants and the lower the caffeine.

Tea can be enjoyed either hot or cold. If you prefer decaf, Feller suggests this technique: Steep regular tea for 30 seconds, then pour it out. Steep the tea leaves or tea bag again for 3 to 5 minutes, then drink. This natural, chemical-free decaffeinating process removes 80 percent of the caffeine, which is released in the first 30 seconds.

Ruby Red Winter Iced Tea
White tea is slightly sweeter than green or black tea, either of which can be substituted to make this drink.
SERVINGS: about 12 (8-ounce) servings
CARB GRAMS PER SERVING: 9

1/2     cup sugar
1/2     cup water
8     bags Red Zinger herb tea
12     cups brewed white tea*
Ice cubes
12      fresh rosemary sprigs (optional)

1. For syrup, in a small saucepan stir together the sugar and water; add tea bags. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture just comes to boiling. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Carefully remove tea bags, gently squeezing to remove liquid.

2. Divide brewed white tea between two, 2-quart pitchers. Divide syrup between pitchers. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours or until chilled. Serve over ice with a rosemary sprig as a stirring stick, if desired. Makes about 12 (8-ounce) servings.

*TO BREW 12 CUPS WHITE TEA: If using loose tea, divide 1/2 cup (about 1-1/2 ounces) tea between two large tea balls. Place tea balls, or 12 tea bags, in a large heatproof bowl or pitcher. Cover with 12 cups boiling water. Allow to stand 4 minutes. Remove tea ball or bags. Cool before refrigerating.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

* Servings: about 12 (8-ounce) servings
* Calories33
* Total Fat (g)0
* Saturated Fat (g)0
* Monounsaturated Fat (g)0
* Polyunsaturated Fat (g)0
* Cholesterol (mg)0
* Sodium (mg)0
* Carbohydrate (g)9
* Total Sugar (g)8
* Fiber (g)0
* Protein (g)0
* Vitamin C (DV%)0
* Calcium (DV%)0
* Iron (DV%)0

 

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

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