Decaf Green Tea...Does It lose anything in the process?

@Jellen (1852)
United States
April 9, 2009 8:06am CST
I was wondering if the process of making decaf green tea--or white tea---causes it to lose anything in the process. Does it lose any of its antioxidants? Is the process harmful or is it beneficial? How healthy is the green tea before compared to after? Does anyone know the answer to this question?
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
9 Apr 09
It depends on whether it is done naturally or artificially. I do not think it loses anything, but the decaf green tea would be better if you have difficulty sleeping and heart problems. It still retains the antioxidants, but it is better if you get it at a health food store rather then at the supermarket. As for white tea, it adds a protection against cancer, lowers cholesterol, protects your heart, and gives you stronger bones. OH and it helps in diabetes. So maybe I should try it myself. I just have to get used to the taste, though.
@Jellen (1852)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I do more with white tea than green. White has more benefits and a smoother flavor. I like the white pear tea for flavor. Just have to keep trying different ones until you find one you like, I guess. And I started with white tea because of my diabetes. I have several cups per week, but not per day.
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• United States
9 Apr 09
I do not know, but it seems to me that the process would indeed change the overall effectiveness of the tea. Remove a component of the original and it cannot be the same.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
10 Apr 09
That makes sense ErrollLeVant.
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@pergammano (7690)
• Canada
10 Apr 09
Hey, Jellen, first of all Happy Easter! I am guessing that it would lose some of it's benefit by decafing it...as that is an extreme process! They are finding lots of benefits to caffeine! One of the sites that I think that you could go to to find a definitive answer is www.springboard4health.com, as they deal with most natural foods, questions, etc. With all the benefits, they are finding with caffeine, I think I will stick with my "full punch" beverages! Cheers!
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Thanks for the Easter wish and for the link. I drink tea either way, but not late at night. Sleep isn't overrated.
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• Canada
11 Apr 09
I hear you, about late at night! And yes, if you are drinking it b4 bedtime, or close to..I would think that you are right about decaf! Sorry, I did not know that you are diabetic, so of course, drinks like I like, Hot spiced Apple juice would be out of the question...is there NOT less caffeine in White Tea? And what about Celestial Seasonings "Sleepytime" tea....it is just made with herbs? Cheers!
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
14 Apr 09
That's a good idea. I shall check into it.