Have you ever wondered which tea is healthier, green or black? Green tea definitely seems to get a lot of buzz in the health world, but black tea shouldn’t be completely overlooked. While they have some differences in the ways they are processed, both teas surprisingly have many similar health benefits.

Difference Between Green & Black Tea

Both teas come from the same plant, called camellia sinenis. This plant is native to India and China where it has been used for many years in traditional medicine. The main difference between the two types of tea is the way they are processed. Green tea isn’t oxidized during production. The leaves are harvested from the plant and heated to prevent withering and oxidizing. Because they are not oxidized, they retain their green colour, that’s very similar to the plant.

Black tea is made by harvesting and withering the leaves to reduce moisture. Then the leaves are rolled and spread out to expose them to air, which turns the leaves black and heightens the flavour. Lastly, the leaves are fired in ovens to stop the oxidation process.

Because green tea isn’t oxidized, it has slightly more preserved antioxidants than black tea, but black tea still has many good health benefits.

Similar Health Benefits

Oxidation versus non-oxidation gives the teas different types of antioxidants, however, both can protect your heart due to antioxidants called flavanoids. They are both effective at preventing blood vessel plaque formation and help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

Both teas contain caffeine, which helps stimulate the nervous system, improves alertness and improves mood. Most people think that green tea has less caffeine than black tea, but it depends on the leaves of the plant used to process the teas. Teas made from younger leaves tend to have higher levels of caffeine than those made from older leaves. Generally, black tea is slightly higher in caffeine amount.

Green tea and black tea contain the amino acid L-theanine, which helps bring about a relaxed, alert state and promotes the release of mood-enhancing hormones, dopamine and serotonin. It is said that ingesting L-theanine and caffeine together balances the jittery effects of caffeine, while still giving the same energy boost.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

* Green tea is rich in the antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) which can help to inhibit cancer cells from multiplying, boosts energy levels and protects the liver.

* It has medicinal properties that help detoxify the body.

* Helps with weight loss by speeding up metabolism, which helps the body
burn fat faster.

* Green tea contains tannins that help boost immunity which helps combat viruses such as the common cold or influenza.

* Improves blood sugar levels, brain functions, formation of new cells, heart health and bone health.

Health Benefits of Black Tea

* Can help you lose weight, along with a healthy diet and exercise.

* Boosts energy and mental alertness without making you jittery or having a crash, like after coffee.

* Improves heart health by lowering LDL cholesterol.

* Has anti-inflammatory benefits.

So Which One to Choose?

As you can see, both green tea and black tea offer many wonderful health benefits. While green tea has slightly more antioxidants, black tea gives a bit more of a boost. As they have similar benefits in many ways, it really comes down to personal preference. Do you prefer the taste of green tea, or the stronger flavour of black? I like to mix it up and alternate between the two. Somedays I choose green, other days when I need something a little stronger, I choose black. Which tea do you prefer? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below.


14 Comments

Henderson · December 9, 2019 at 8:18 pm

I feel like the Green tea is more popular in the world today than the black tea and this might be because of the name of the tea itself. It’s a very good thing that you have some information on the difference between the two types of tea. I will like to try the black tea as well and see how good it is and how it can help my health.

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Yes, I think anything with ‘green’ in the title sounds like it is healthier. There are many varieties of green and black tea, so it’s good to try a few to see which ones you like the best. Thanks for the comment!

Rose · December 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Thanks for this great post about the comparison of the green tea and the black tea, to me I prefer black tea because of tks taste and its gives more boost to your health than the green tea , you have really make a great review about the black tea and the green tea it’s hard for one to choose out of the two because they almost have similar functions, but with taste, I think ill go for the black tea, thanks 

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:09 am

    It’s good to know that black tea has health benefits too, as for taste that’s the one I prefer as well. Thanks for your comment!

Koda · December 9, 2019 at 8:20 pm

Awesome! This post is TEA-riffic …..  Ba Dum Tss ;D

But really, it’s good to know that black tea is still a contender in the health game. I myself am guilty of preaching GREEN tea to be superior in terms of health benefits, yet I was counting out black tea from the beginning. 

I resend my opinion about black tea being not as good for you. I guess it just depends on the specific benefit it is that you’re looking for!  

Also, you pretty much shatted my understanding of black tea having more caffein than green lol…. I need to relearn some of this stuff. Thanks for the sick article! Appreciate it!! 😀

~Koda

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I always thought green tea was better for you too, so I get it! Glad you enjoyed the article! Thanks!

David ben · December 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm

Hello there thanks for this awesome article for me black tea is better because, Black tea  offers a variety of health benefits because it contains antioxidants and compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body and it’s stronger in flavor and contains more caffeine than other teas, but less caffeine than coffee It comes from the Camellia sinensis plant and is often blended with other plants for different flavors, such as Earl Grey, English breakfast or chai.that why is has a very distinct taste and is the best

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Yes, there are so many varieties of black tea, which makes it easy to try different things and mix things up. I prefer black tea too. Thanks for your comment.

John · December 9, 2019 at 8:21 pm

You know, I have always had some sought of misconception about the two types of tea. I just say that it is a very good thing that you have given some of the similarities and also the differences between the two types of tea. This is very good and I admire it. I will like to try them both seeing the many health benefits.

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I actually didn’t care for the taste of green tea before, but I buy one that has lemon flavour in it and I add a bit of honey and that makes it taste so much better. You just have to try different things until you find one that works for you. Thanks for the comment!

Mondez and Kayla · December 9, 2019 at 8:26 pm

I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of black tea, but that’s just because I didn’t give it a chance. I have a new view after reading this post. I had no idea that both teas come from the same plant. Even though you showed in your article that green tea has slightly more antioxidants, I think I will give black tea a try since it gives a good boost. Thanks!

    Carla · December 10, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I honestly didn’t know before either that they came from the same plant. Interesting to learn these new facts. Thanks for your comment!

Benson · December 9, 2019 at 8:34 pm

Tea is Avery wonderful thing and having a good blend makes it very cool knowing how beneficial it can be. I was introduced to tea a long time now by my wife when I had issues losing weight by just going to the gym, and black tea have bee really helpful in that aspect. So many people do not know the importance of these tea and so they cant benefit form it. I would share this post so they can all see.

    admin · December 10, 2019 at 11:01 am

    That’s so great that you’ve seen the benefits of tea. It took me awhile to get into, as I’m a coffee lover, but I try to switch to tea in the afternoon for the health benefits.

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