Tea has been used for generations by many different cultures in both social settings and to boost health and wellness. Different types of tea boast different benefits. But not all teas currently on the market provide any real benefit when it comes to your body. In fact, in some cases, you may be better off drinking plain hot water with lemon.
Before you choose a tea, it’s helpful to understand the basic differences between varieties. All traditional tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. There are only four categories of traditional tea: white tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea. The difference between each is the degree to which each leaf is oxidized or fermented. Usually, tea leaves that are heavily oxidized are darker or redder, and teas that are less fermented are lighter or greener. Traditional tea usually contains caffeine.
Excerpted from Very Well Fit