This is the ultimate question that we will try to answer: which is better, black tea or green tea? This is not an easy question to answer either, as the difference between black tea and green tea depends a lot on a person's point of view and what they are looking for in their morning cup of tea.
Taste and flavor dictate your choice - brewed; or do you consider yourself particularly health conscious while hoping to find a beverage that will improve your daily lifestyle? Either way - or the other way - the battle is on!
The Health Effects of Black and Green Tea
All types of so-called "real" tea (tea derived from the tea tree), including green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea, are rich in beneficial antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body.
Free radicals are natural, albeit harmful, products of oxidation in the body that, when left unchecked, can increase the risk of developing many chronic diseases, namely cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Meanwhile, antioxidants can neutralize free radicals, thus slowing down the oxidation process and ultimately reducing these risks.
Each type of tea has its own antioxidants. When it comes to black tea, the best antioxidants are known as theaflavins and theobromine. When consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, these ingredients can improve oral health, enhance cognitive function and support the digestive system.
But green tea has an ace up its sleeve: epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a polyphenolic catechin (in other words, the best kind of antioxidant) that promotes healthy living in a variety of ways. On average, one cup (about 240 ml) of brewed green tea contains up to 200 mg of EGCG.
So what exactly does it do? A recent meta-analysis of 13 observational studies related to green tea found that participants who drank the most green tea had a 28% lower risk of developing coronary artery disease than those who drank the least green tea.
In addition, according to a report published in 2000 in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the EGCG content of green tea may provide some protection against various skin conditions.
Black and green tea for weight loss
The struggle is real. We've all been there; you can no longer wear your favorite jeans, or you've noticed the return of the dreaded double chin.
When it gets cold outside, especially during Christmas, it seems to get worse. But what's the answer? It has been proven that both teas can improve your weight management; however, green tea wins the battle overall.
Of course, it's a way to eat healthy and exercise regularly. In short, green tea doesn't do all the work for you. But, of course, as long as a person leads a healthy and active lifestyle, one can also expect results from their cup of green tea.
According to the latest scientific studies, green tea can boost metabolism. Metabolism is basically the process of food - energy conversion. Whenever you eat, enzymes in your body's cells break down the food and convert it into energy. Ultimately, the faster your metabolism, the more calories you burn. The more calories you burn, the easier it is to lose those pesky pounds.
This is where green tea comes into play. By boosting your metabolism with regular consumption of this beer, your body can burn fat faster and more efficiently. So say goodbye to that double chin and hello again to your favorite green tea jeans!
The popularity of black tea and green tea
Black tea reigns supreme in this sector, accounting for 78% of the world's tea consumption. On the other hand, global green tea consumption is 20%, with the remaining 2% being consumed by other teas such as white tea and oolong tea.
However, determining which teas more often adorn cabinets and kitchen counters around the world is not as clear-cut as it may seem. While black tea is still the preferred choice in the West, green tea still holds up well in the East, namely China, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand and the Korean Peninsula.
Other countries may even prefer different teas, such as South Africa's Louis Posh tea. Ultimately, it depends a lot on which side of the world you are on.
Black Tea and Green Tea Taste Differences
The taste of green or black tea ...... ah, now things start to get complicated.
As most people know, taste and aroma are completely subjective, but are influenced by individual physiology. For example, someone who likes apples may hate pears, while others may feel the exact opposite!
In other words, some people prefer the taste of green tea and some people prefer the taste of black tea. It's as simple as that. And you probably don't need to be told it either. After all, we all have our preferences.
Enjoy the taste of malt, chocolate, nuts or mild spices? Drink a black tea (for example, Darjeeling tea has a distinctive musky grape flavor, while Assam tea has a pronounced malt flavor). Prefer grassy, astringent, herbal? Choose a green tea (again, certain flavor profiles apply to specific green tea varieties, similar to black teas).
Just starting to understand all of this? Good. Let's make our various flavored black or green teas more complex. Some flavors are more suited to specific types of teas than others. For example, spices like cinnamon, cardamom and anise tend to be best suited for black teas, especially Chai teas. Meanwhile, "softer" flavors such as elderflower and jasmine are more commonly used in green teas, such as our own Green Tea and Elderflower and Jasmine Pearl Premium Teas.
Black and green teas, the winners
The bottom line is this: we are all very different, and all of us are looking for teas that are very different from our morning brew. There is no right or wrong choice; everything is just as good as the other!
This may sound unconcerned, but at Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we love both teas equally. We couldn't possibly pick a winner ourselves, but maybe you have your own opinion?