Green tea, native to Japan, China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries globally, but has only recently gained popularity in the United States.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world behind water. However, 78 percent of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20 percent is green.
All types of tea, except herbal tea, are brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. The level of oxidation of the leaves determines the type of tea.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. It therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
Fast facts on green tea
Here are some key points about green tea:
- green tea has been used in traditional Indian and Chinese medicine
- there are many different types of green tea available
- green tea may help prevent a range of ailments including cancer
- more research is needed to prove many of the health claims surrounding green tea