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Black Tea or Green Tea – Which is Healthier?

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Our Verdict

When comparing black tea to green tea, we picked the black tea.


It was close! Ultimately we picked the black tea as the “best all-rounder”.

Both teas are great for the health, insofar as tea in general is a) a very good way to hydrate (better absorption than plain water) and b) an excellent source of beneficial phytochemicals—mostly antioxidants of various kinds, but there’s a lot in there.

We did a run-down previously of the relative benefits of each of four kinds of tea (black, white, green, red):

Which Tea Is Best, By Science?

Which concluded in its final summary:

Black, white, green, and red teas all have their benefits, and ultimately the best one for you will probably be the one you enjoy drinking, and thus drink more of.

If trying to choose though, we offer the following summary:

  • 🖤Black tea: best for total beneficial phytochemicals
  • 🤍 White tea:best for your oral health
  • 💚 Green tea: best for your brain
  • ❤️ Red tea: best if you want naturally caffeine-free


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