GOOD HEALTH EDUCATION
All tea varieties are harvested and processed from the same plant – Camellia Sinensis. It’s the type of processing that determines the final tea classification of Black, Oolong, Green and White. Green tea leaves are not oxidized, instead they are withered and steamed. Varieties of green tea include Chun Mee, Dragonwell, Gunpowder, Hojicha, Idulgashinna, Matcha and Sencha. According to WebMD, Green tea is so good for you that it's even got some researchers raving.
"It's the healthiest thing I can think of to drink," says Christopher Ochner, PhD. He's a research scientist in nutrition at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Of course, no one food will protect you from disease. Your health is wrapped up in your lifestyle and your genes, so even if you drink green tea all day long, you also need to take care of yourself in other ways, like not smoking, being active, and eating a healthy diet.
Green tea’s biggest benefit? "It's all about the catechin content," says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist. Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much before it's poured in your cup, so it's rich in catechins.