Chinese Or Japanese Green Tea: Which One Is Safest And Better Drinking?

I like both Chinese and Japanese green loose leaf tea equally, but they both have much different flavor. It takes quite a long time to get it from China these days, so I don’t want to wait months to get my tea. This is one reason I buy my tea from Japan. I used to drink Chinese ‘Dragon Well’ as my daily choice for tea. It was delivered faster in the not so distant past…

‘Green tea infusions are one of the most popular beverages consumed across the world, especially in Asian countries [1]’.

From everything I’ve studied, it is best drinking green tea (brewed or infused.) You will ingest higher heavy metal content with teas ground like Macha or by simply drinking a black tea.

So, why did I chose Japanese tea to sell on both my sites? I’m glad you asked! I did so because I believe there is more potential for fewer heavy metals from Japan grown tea. Yet, at the same time, if you intend on eating the leaves, say ground up in a smoothie, I personally would be sure to limit that amount to a teaspoon or two at most.

‘I love Chinese Dragon Well Tea and Japanese Sencha’

I do rinse my rice and beans before I cook them in my pressure cooker. Likewise, whenever I used to buy Chinese tea, I made sure I rinsed it before brewing. I would add the proper amount to my tea pot, swish it around and repeat two to three times. I felt that was sufficient removing residue.

‘Taking into account all obtained data, Jeoncha may be considered to have the best quality from all investigated green teas within the present study, followed by Japanese green tea samples [2]’.

I drink a pot of Japanese green loose leaf tea every day. It gives me a ‘calming’ energy which I feel has a beneficial effect to mind, body and spirit. Nonetheless, I haven’t given up on the idea of drinking Chinese green tea yet, and do intend to order ‘Dragon Well’ sometime hopefully in the near future when it can be sent through the mail without so long a wait.

‘Rinsing dried tea leaves before brewing is a traditional way of preparing rolled oolong tea in China. This study analyzes how rinsing green, black, and oolong tea before brewing affects the levels of pesticide residues in the tea infusion [3]’.

While it’s good practice to rinse your rice and beans before cooking, I have though found levels of lead lowest in Japanese green tea. I don’t feel I have to rinse these green tea leaves in water.

Nevertheless, if you only drink brewed tea often as your choice over coffee, I think one can drink as much green loose leaf tea as he likes no matter its origin. But, one can still drink too much caffeine, even though green tea has much less than coffee.

‘For healthy adults, the FDA has cited 400 milligrams a day—that’s about four or five cups of coffee—as an amount not generally associated with dangerous, negative effects [4]’.

I have found green tea to have about an average of 25% of the caffeine coffee has. For example, the average cup of green tea is approximately 20-45mg while coffee most often has 95mg caffeine or more.

Caffeine content depends upon size of cup and strength of tea and coffee. Obviously, one can drink a lot more tea than coffee. In my opinion, drinking loose leaf green tea is of benefit to ones own weight loss, health and longevity…

‘Which green tea is safer: Chinese or Japanese? In my opinion, drinking brewed or infused loose leaf green tea is best choice. Which tea is better depends solely upon ones own preference’

Source- 1 & 2 Koch, Wojciech, et al. “Green Tea Quality Evaluation Based on Its Catechins and Metals Composition in Combination with Chemometric Analysis.” Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), MDPI, 11 July 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6100455/.

3 Gao W;Yan M;Xiao Y;Lv Y;Peng C;Wan X;Hou R; “Rinsing Tea before Brewing Decreases Pesticide Residues in Tea Infusion.” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, U.S. National Library of Medicine, pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30350971/.

4 Commissioner, Office of the. “Spilling the Beans: How Much Caffeine Is Too Much?” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/spilling-beans-how-much-caffeine-too-much.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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