TIPS – Rooibos Q&A

What nutritional information do we have for Rooibos? What are the differences between Rooibos and other red teas and green tea? How does Rooibos compare in terms of contents, features and health benefits? Here are the answers:

What nutritional information do we have for Rooibos?
In 2009, the SA Rooibos Council commissioned a series of tests at accredited laboratories in the Western Cape. The detailed average values can be summarised as follows: Rooibos (the extract, not the leaves) contains no fat, protein or kilojoules. Rooibos contains very low levels of minerals, trace elements and vitamins – too low to make any health claims. Tests confirmed that Rooibos contains no caffeine.

What are the differences between Rooibos and other red teas and green tea?
There are several types of tea that originates mainly in the Middle and Far East, for example green tea, oolong tea, red tea, black tea, white tea, yellow tea, flower tea, as well as pouching tea. The hibiscus flower is made into red tea in countries like Jamaica, Sudan and Egypt. Most of these teas also have a high antioxidant content and associated health benefits.

How does Rooibos compare in terms of contents, features and health benefits?
There are no conclusive comparative studies between Rooibos and other so-called “red tea” varieties, but several studies have compared Rooibos and green tea. Green tea is generally higher in antioxidants than Rooibos, but has a different antioxidant composition and does not contain any aspalathin.