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, which is mainly responsible for green tea's health benefits.

They found that a cup of 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!

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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
105.7

Lipton Green Tea
84.3

Uncle Lee's Green Tea
76.7 Bigelow

Darjeeling Blend
68.1

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
TOTAL CATECHINS: 100
CAFFEINE: 22 milligrams (mg)

Peet's Sencha Japanese Green Tea
TOTAL CATECHINS: 76
CAFFEINE: 17 mg

Lipton 100% Natural Green Tea
TOTAL CATECHINS: 29
CAFFEINE: 8 mg

Celestial Seasonings Green Tea
TOTAL CATECHINS: 19
CAFFEINE: 6 mg

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 Tea #4:
Loose Green Tea

Okay, so far I have only touched on tea bags. How 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. Find out the 7 reasons why loose tea is better than tea bags.

Loose Green Tea - 7 Reasons Why It Is Better

Best Green Tea #5:
Dragon Well Green Tea

According 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 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.

Best Tea Study Reveals Chemical Secrets

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