Washington, D.C. - American Institute for Cancer Research - infoZine -
Q: Does white tea offer more health benefits than green tea?
A: White, green and black teas all come from the same plant. White tea is the least processed form. Its leaves and buds are simply steamed and dried. It gets its name because it's made from a higher proportion of buds, which are covered with fine silvery hairs that turn white when dried.
White tea's flavor is slightly sweet, without the grass-like tones that green tea can have. Although green tea is higher than black tea in polyphenol phytochemicals that provide antioxidant power, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), white tea is even higher.
A few studies suggest that white tea is even better than green tea at preventing damage to DNA in cells that could lead to cancer. However, since white tea is much less commonly consumed than green tea in Japan or black tea in the U.S. and Europe, it has attracted much less research.
We don't know for certain whether it really benefits health more than green tea. Because white tea is substantially more expensive than other teas, it may not seem worth the cost to some people. But it is possible that you could drink fewer cups of white tea compared to green tea to get the same amount of protective phytochemicals.