Best Green Tea To Drink
4 Studies Reveal Healthiest Brands

What do scientific studies say about the best green tea to drink? Are you ready for some surprising answers?

Best Green Tea #1: Regular Green Tea

The 2007 USDA study compares nearly 400 kinds for their flavonoid content, the chemical compound that is mainly responsible for green tea's health benefits.

They found that hot, regular green tea is the healthiest. 100 milliliters of regular tea contains 127 milligrams of catechins, which is

  • 2 times more than a decaffeinated green tea.

  • 3 times more than a flavored green tea.

  • 10 times more than an instant or bottled green tea!

The article below has a good summary of a few other studies. In particular, it cautions against

  • Green tea energy drink

  • Instant or bottled green tea

  • Cheap supermarket tea bags

Healthiest Green Tea - Three Types of Avoid

Best Green Tea #2:
Celestial Seasoning Authentic Green Tea

The 2003 study published in Nutrition And Cancer entitled Catechins Content of 18 Teas compared tea bags from various brands.

Interestingly, authors Susanne Henning et all found that Celestial Seasoning came out on top in term of catechins content, to be followed by Lipton Green Tea and Uncle Lee.

Here is a summary of the results:

All figures below are quoted at milligram per gram:

Celestial Seasoning Authentic Green Tea

Lipton Green Tea

Uncle Lee's Green Tea
76.7 Bigelow

Darjeeling Blend

Best Green Tea #3:
Stash Darjeeling Organic Green Tea

Confusingly, another tea bag study published in the July/August 2006 issue of Men's Health reveals that Stash tea contains the highest level of catechins, 5 times more than Celestial Seasoning Green Tea.

The data for this study appears to conflict with the previous study. In the previous study, 1 gram of Celestial Seasoning Authentic Green Tea was found to contain 106 milligrams of catechins. In this study, 1 gram of Celestial Seasonings Green Tea contains just 19 gram of catechins.

Catechin content is measured in milligram per gram:

Stash Darjeeling Organic Green Tea
CAFFEINE: 22 milligrams (mg)

Peet's Sencha Japanese Green Tea

Lipton 100% Natural Green Tea

Celestial Seasonings Green Tea

Buyers beware. Catechins levels do vary wildly, even with products from the same brand. One reason is because tea bags are made from dusts and fannings. These tea particles range from 0.2 to 1.5 millimeters and lose freshness quickly.

Best Green Tea #4:
Loose Green Tea

loose green teaOkay, so far I have only touched on tea bags. What about loose leaf?

I haven't come across any scientific studies that say loose green tea is healthier than tea bags, but I think for anyone who has tried loose tea, the difference is obvious.

Green tea leaves are unoxidised. It contains life-giving nutrients such as catechins, theanine, chlorophyll and Vitamin C, as well as a small amount of essential oils.

When making tea bags, whole leaves are chopped, sliced and diced into small particles ranging from 0.2 to 1.5 millimeters called Fanning and Dusts. With much higher surface to volume ratio, these particles lose freshness quickly. Tea compounds interact with moisture and oxygen, leading to rapid quality loss.

Contrast this with gourmet loose tea, which is picked and made by hands with extreme care by tea artists with many years of experience. No wonder tea connoisseurs are only interested in loose-leaf. They have greater aroma, body and aftertaste.

If you care about the taste and nutrition value of green tea, then the article below will explain why loose green tea is far higher quality than tea bags.

Loose Green Tea - 7 Reasons Why It Is Better

Best Green Tea #5:
Dragon Well Green Tea

loose green teaAccording to a 2004 study conducted by the UK Institute of Food Research, the highest quality tea contains a chemical signature, with the main quality markers being theanine, catechins, caffeine and gallic acid.

The comprehensive study examined 191 green teas, of which 168 were from China, 7 from Japan, 6 from Indonesia, 5 from India, 3 from Vietnam and 2 from Bangladesh.

But with only a small number of non-Chinese teas, the scientists were not able to draw any conclusion from the results. However, they were able to observe a clear difference between the Dragon Well teas and the less expensive teas.

They discovered that the Dragon Well tea contains a high level of these quality markers.

But more importantly, scientist Dr. Le Gall explained why the age of tea leaves is important:

"The size (age) of the leaves is actually the main criterion for grading green tea, and unlike black tea, green tea quality is directly related to the grading. Teas made of the youngest leaves and the bud are the most expensive."

In other words, the highest grade green tea in East Asia is made from the youngest tea buds that are harvested in the first few days in spring. These tea buds contain the highest concentration of nutrition, taste the best, and are the healthiest to drink!

Click on the article below to learn more about the study!

Best Tea Study Reveals Chemical Secrets

Here are more reasons why these young tea buds harvested in the few days of spring are the real deal:

  • They are harvested at the onset of spring when the weather is cold and few insects exist. No pesticides are used.

  • These tea bushes are found in secluded high mountain away from road traffic and exhaust fumes.

  • Tea plants are accumulators, they build up whatever is in the environment, which can be undesirable if drinkers want to control their fluoride intake. Studies have found that high grade tea buds contain little fluoride as the tea buds are really young.

  • Tea farms catering for premium high grade are single harvest i.e. tea leaves are only harvested from March to May each year. There is no intensive farming and there is no need to use synthetic fertilizer.

Intrigued? These high grades are available in the tea shop. I will recommend the AAA grades. These tea buds are harvested in the first three days of spring. The tea buds are smaller and between 2 to 2.5 centremeters.

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