Keep Steeping? How to Make Your Tea Healthier

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on August 30, 2018 · 0 comments

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world after water. Researchers in Malaysia examined how steeping time and water temperature affected the antioxidant levels in tea. Antioxidants are potent chemicals found in food that provide protection in the body against harmful compounds. Tea is rich in antioxidants.

What did the researchers discover?

White tea – was affected more by the time the tea and water were in contact. The longer the hot steeping time the greater the antioxidant amount.

Green tea – was sensitive to temperature. Long cold steeping time produced the most antioxidants.

Black tea – benefited from a short, hot infusion to get the most antioxidant activity.

The results of this study also showed that white and green teas had greater antioxidant capacity than black tea.

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