Green tea is often the first tea that comes to mind when you think of teas for weight loss.
However, white tea may be just as effective when it comes to burning fat.
Both teas have similar levels of caffeine and catechins like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a compound in green tea linked to burning fat. Together, these compounds seem to have a synergistic effect.
For instance, a test-tube study found that white tea extract was able to stimulate fat breakdown and prevent new fat cells from being formed. This was largely due to EGCG.
A review of studies also suggests that white tea may help boost your metabolism by an extra 4–5%. This may be equal to burning an extra 70–100 calories per day.
Perhaps because white tea is not very popular, there is no research on the effects of drinking white tea and long-term weight loss. More research in this area is needed.