We all know that the less processed a food is the more nutrients it retains. Tea, like vegetables, retains much more flavor and beneficial properties when it is closest to its natural state. Research re-confirms this fact. The result? You’d have to drink LOTS of bottled teas, “some contain such small amounts that a person would have to drink 20 bottles to get the same polyphenol benefit in a single cup of tea” says Bill Hendrick in hisÂ article on WebMD.
Yet, many big name teas make claims that appear to state otherwise. Well, the FDA took note of that and sent some nasty grams to Lipton and Canada Dry pointing out their improper labelling. Everything from overstating antioxidants to unsupported health claims. Also keep in mind that many of the bottled teas are heavily sweetened, often with High Fructose Corn Syrup.McDonald’s “Sweet Tea” contains 280 calories from sugar in it’s large size. Taken with the lack of good stuff in the tea, one definitely would want to consider brewing tea at home.
Brewing tea is really easy at home – even by the travel mug to go. While i drink tea because i like the taste and variety, many are enjoy teas healthier aspects. Whichever camp you fall into, be informed and watch out for hype and exaggerated claims