Drink Some Cups of White Tea
Move over, green and black teas-younger, healthier, and sweeter white tea is poised to take over your pot. White tea actually comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis, as green and black teas but is less processed and made from the buds and young leaves (which have the fuzzy white hairs that give the tea its light hue) instead of the mature, withered leaves.
Research in animals has shown that white tea has large amounts of cancer-fighting antioxidants, causing the surge in white's popularity. But listen carefully: White tea is no cure-all. The studies are still preliminary, and the ready-to-drink, bottled white teas actually seem to eliminate some of the health benefits. So, if you do drink white tea, brew your own.
This story appears in the December 25, 2006 print edition of U.S. News & World Report.