Antioxidant is a fashionable buzzword in the marketing of food and drink products here in the UK. We’ve all picked up on the fact they’re meant to be good for us and are now buying into the idea we should be consuming products with high levels of antioxidants to improve our health. Green tea and rooibos tea are two such products, so how do they compare?
Research has been done into the potential of antioxidants for disease prevention, in particular cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants are found in varying levels in fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts and other foods.
Green tea is made from unfermented leaves from the camellia sinesis plant and of the teas derived from this plant (green, black and white) it is thought to have the highest concentrations of antioxidants. Green tea is often perceived by consumers as a healthy equivalent to everyday black tea but many consumers do not realise that green tea contains caffeine.
Rooibos tea (or red bush tea) is derived from the rooibos plant in South Africa. Rooibos tea has long been consumed in South Africa (often with milk and sugar) but it’s popularity as a healthy beverage is now spreading. It also has high levels of antioxidants but it has no caffeine and low tannin levels compared to black or green tea. The South African Rooibos Council are conducting various interesting pieces of research into the health benefits of rooibos.
So in short as a healthy tea option rooibos tea wins! Both green tea and rooibos have high levels of antioxidants (although I have been unable to find figures to clarify exactly what this means) but rooibos has no caffeine whereas green tea has. Time for a cup of Glowing Mama I think…