Millions of people drink tea for its health benefits, but this can vary depending on type and preparation, a new study finds.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, next to water. One of the benefits of tea is that it is rich in antioxidants, which are chemical compounds thought to help fight disease and prevent aging.
Researchers in Malaysia decided to look at the antioxidant levels in three types of tea – white, green and black – as well as what affect the preparation of the beverage might have. What they learned was that the most effective steeping temperature and time was dependent on the type of tea.
In white tea, antioxidant properties were affected by time (longer time means more antioxidants) and not temperature. In black tea, they found that steeping the tea for a shorter period of time was best, and increasing the time in hot water reduced antioxidant activity. For green tea, steeping in cold water yielded the most antioxidants.
In addition, the level of antioxidants was found to be higher in white and green than in black tea, according to the study, which appears in the Journal of Food Science.
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