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Tea Comparison for Antioxidants & More

Question:
How does white tea compare to green tea and black tea in terms of antioxidant catechins? How about caffeine levels and lead contamination?

Answer:
White tea is made from the same leaves as green tea, but picked at a less mature stage. When brewed, white tea tends to provide comparable amounts of catechins (although, according to one study, much lower antioxidant activity overall), lower amounts of caffeine, and is less likely to be contaminated with lead than green tea. Bear in mind, however, that there can be considerable variation from product to product. For more details about how teas differ, see the "What to Consider When Buying" section of the Green Tea Review >>

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COMMENTS

Stan13878   March 29, 2017
I just find it strange that with the touting of green tea as beneficial, at the same time green tea extract is deemed to be potentially unhealthy. Something to do with lead concentrations or other heavy metals perhaps, as with cocoa powders?

ConsumerLab.com   April 6, 2017
Hi Stan - Please see the "Lead" section (https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/Green_Tea/#lead) and the "Concerns and Cautions" section (https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/_/Green_Tea/#lead) of the Green Tea Review for more about these concerns.

Peter12848   March 23, 2017
In your reviews of tea suppliers, I did not see a company called TEN REN. If buy tea from this company as do many of my Taiwanese friends. Have you tested their white, green and other teas?? IF not, do you plan to do so.

Thanks

Peter

ConsumerLab.com   March 23, 2017
Hi Peter - We have not tested this brand of teas but thank you for your suggestion. We will keep it in mind for future tests.


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