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What are the benefits of drinking tea?

The Chinese have a long cultural history of drinking tea, and for many Hong Kong people it’s a daily habit. Tea contains a lot of polyphenols, caffeine, and various vitamins, that are good for health. There are six main kinds of tea, classified according to the degree of fermentation. In general, the probable benefits are:

Type of tea Benefits Examples
White tea
(slightly fermented)
Detoxifies; quenches thirst; refreshes Sau Mei, Bahao Yinzhen
Green tea
Detoxifies; has anti-oxidants; is skin whitening Long jing, Matcha, BiLuoChun
Black tea
(post-fermented or aged)
Aids digestion, especially of greasy food Pu-erh, Qingzhuan Dark, Luk On
Red tea
(fully fermented)
Warms your stomach; is anti-diarrheal Yunnan, Ning Black
Green tea
Aids digestion; refreshes Oolong, Tieguanyin, Big Red Robe
Flowery tea
Dissipates “heat” and “dampness” Chrysanthemum, Chamomile, Rose

Tea is good for you, but what else do you need know about it? Let’s listen to what Tea Art Instructor Anne has to say!