Updated: Apr. 4, 2012
About Green Rooibos
from Upton Tea Imports
from Rishi Tea
Typically, green rooibos ends up with some pieces of red leaf and stem mixed in. Depending on how much red is mixed in, the cup will brew a color ranging from golden to a deep orange, but always lighter than the dark red of red rooibos.
Health benefits:Green rooibos is frequently promoted as having more antioxidants than red rooibos, much in the same way green tea is promoted as having more antioxidants than black tea. While the antioxidant activity of rooibos is well-established, there is not enough evidence to back the claim that green rooibos has more antioxidants, nor is there evidence that rooibos has more antioxidants than tea.
While there have not been many studies comparing green to red rooibos, one study found roughly comparable activity between green and red, with green showing more activity by one measure and red showing more by a different measure. It is also worth noting that there is no solid evidence that green tea is universally more beneficial to your health than black tea or other types of tea.
1. A. Von Gadow, E. Joubert, C. F. Hansmann, Comparison of the antioxidant activity of rooibos tea (Aspalathus linearis) with green, oolong and black tea, Food Chemistry, Vol. 60, No. 1, Sep. 1997, pp. 73-77.
2. Zorach, Alex, Health Benefits of Tea - How These Effects Vary Among Different Types of Tea, EzineArticles.com, Nov. 1, 2009.
Best Green Rooibos
The notion of the "best" Green Rooibos is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas
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