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What Is Madagascar Coconut White Tea?

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.

What Is White Tea?

White tea is a mild, minimally processed tea made from the new buds and leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis). It has a delicate flavor, with subtle notes of grass, fruit, and flowers.

The process for making white tea is similar to black tea, except it's not fermented before being dried. This allows more natural antioxidants to remain in the leaves and buds. Although black tea has health benefits, less processed white and green teas have higher levels of antioxidants.

What Is Madagascar Coconut White Tea?

Madagascar coconut white tea combines white tea with vanilla, coconut shreds, and other natural flavors to create a uniquely sippable tea. The resulting brew has an earthy flavor with hints of vanilla and a light floral taste with notes of coconut and buttery popcorn. The finish is smooth and creamy without bitterness or astringency (the unpleasant effect caused by tannins).

It's Lower in Caffeine

Does black tea make you jumpy? Caffeine can wake you up when you feel tired but can also over-activate your nervous system in certain situations. Since white tea is lower in caffeine than green or black tea, you’re less likely to experience the anxiety and over-caffeination that more caffeinated teas can cause.

  • White tea: usually 15 to 35 milligrams caffeine
  • Black tea: usually around 50 milligrams caffeine

Brew It at Home

The best way to enjoy this tea blend is to buy loose tea leaves and brew it at home. Loose-leaf tea creates a higher quality cup of tea since it uses the full leaf rather than tea leave shavings that manufacturers use in tea bags. The results in a tea with full flavor and the full health benefits white tea offers.You can enjoy this tasty brew, hot or cold.

Health Benefits

Most of the health benefits of Madagascar coconut white tea come from the antioxidants in white tea. Antioxidants fight free radicals that damage cells and tissues and contribute to aging. White tea has as much free radical fighting capacity as green tea while black tea has less.

Plus, the antioxidants in white tea have anti-inflammatory activity. That’s a perk since inflammation is a driving force behind some chronic health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease.

A Tasty Alternative to Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

In addition, research shows white tea has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This suggests that drinking tea is healthier for you than sugar-sweetened beverages.

Because white tea is naturally sweet, you don’t need as much sugar to enjoy its fragrant goodness. For Madagascar coconut white tea, the vanilla and coconut add a touch of sweetness, further reducing the need for added sugar. The truest tea connoisseurs drink tea without added sugar, so they can enjoy its natural flavor.

Where to Buy Madagascar Coconut White Tea

Google “Madagascar coconut white tea” and you’ll discover many sites that sell it. These sites usually offer other types of white, green, and black tea and tea blends. Research before buying and ensure that other buyers have had a positive experience. Compare prices, too. Some sites also sell organic versions of this tea. If you're concerned about pesticide exposure, that's your safest bet.

Enjoy It at Home

Don’t give up your black or green tea, but a light, delicious white tea is a welcome break from heavier black teas. You can enjoy it without or without sweetener due to its naturally light and sweet flavor. Plus, you’ll know you’re getting other health benefits from the antioxidants in this beverage. Avoid bottled teas as they’re usually too high in sugar. Not only that, but studies show they have lower levels of antioxidants compared to home-brewed tea.

References

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.