What’s the dif­fer­ence? Black

Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

and green tea come from the same plant, Camel­lia sinen­sis, an ever­green shrub that grows in the moun­tain­ous ar­eas in China, In­dia and other coun­tries. The dif­fer­ences be­tween them stem from what hap­pens af­ter the leaves are har­vested and al­lowed to wilt. To make green tea, the leaves are quickly steamed or heated to stop ox­i­da­tion, the chem­i­cal process that causes browning. To make black tea, the leaves are crushed, torn, curled, or rolled and al­lowed to ox­i­dize be­fore be­ing dried. This ad­di­tional pro­cess­ing step de­grades some of the flavonoids. As a re­sult, black tea has slightly lower amounts of flavonoids than green tea. Herbal teas are made from a range of dif­fer­ent herbs, spices and other plants, such as mint, cin­na­mon, licorice, ginger and rose hips. While these brews may con­tain ben­e­fi­cial chem­i­cals sim­i­lar to those found in reg­u­lar tea, there isn’t enough re­search to sup­port any guesses about the po­ten­tial health ben­e­fits of herbal tea.

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