It may be slightly more convenient than fresh-brewing, but is the benefit is far greater as well?
In the past 10 years, the rush of bottled teas to hit the market has grown exponentially, fueled by the flurry of health benefit studies which have been coming out virtually every week. However, one important question should be asked: does these benefits also apply to bottled tea?
According to a recent study, the answer to both of these questions is a resounding “no.”
This would come as little surprise to any tea aficionado (or any dentist, for that matter), as most bottled teas on the market are more akin to sugar water than anything like the fresh-brewed alternative.
The study found that most bottle teas contain less then 10 milligrams of polyphenols – the healthy chemical compounds which give us most of our health benefits – per bottle.
Alternatively, a cup of fresh-brewed tea has about 150 milligrams of polyphenols for a similar serving size. So you’d have to drink about 15 of those pint-size bottles of tea to get the same amount of antioxidants – that’s a lot of tea!
So I propose an intervention on the bottled tea-drinking American public: put down the bottle. PLEASE.
Take the few extra, relaxing minutes to steep up some fresh tea leaves – you’ll be glad to did!