The multiple methods that are used when preparing tea vary throughout the world and also depend on the type of tea. In a recent study conducted by the Journal of Food Sciences that was published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the researchers from the University of Malaya were able to find out thatthe temperature and even length of time the tea leaves are steeped, actually affects their antioxidant properties, which can also differ across all types of tea.
During the study, researchers decided to test three different kinds of tea: green, white and black. Two different varieties of each tea were then tested in hot water for a two hour segment and a five minute segment and then in cold water for the same segmented lengths of time. What they were able to find was thatthe most effective steeping temperature and time was solely dependent upon the type of tea.
Green tea showed evidence that time dependence, temperature sensitivity and prolonged cold steeping (about 2 hours) would yield the most antioxidants.
How does green tea benefit your body?
It is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that have extremely powerful effects on your body. Some of the most amazing benefits include improved brain function, lower risk of cancer and even fat loss.
White tea’s different antioxidant properties were affected by longer steep times, which translates into the longer you wait, the more antioxidants you will get. Temperature didn’t make a significant difference.
How does white tea benefit your body?
Contained in white tea are the same exact types of antioxidants as green tea, yet in greater quantity. These awesome antioxidants have been found to have a great many health-promoting properties, which include lowering your cholesterol, helping to boost cardiovascular health and even enhancing weight loss.
With the black tea, the most seen antioxidant activity was found in short hot water steeping. This means that the longer you steep this delicious tea, the less antioxidant activity you will have.
How does black tea benefit your body?
Black tea is calorie-free and contains caffeine. It can be used to help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. These multiple benefits come from the theaflavin antioxidants and can even be used to help prevent certain forms of cancer.
In addition, the overall antioxidant capacity of green and white tea were found to be even greater than that of black tea.
With this data and information, researchers can now begin to develop a standard integrated method so that you can prepare the different types of tea in a way that can maximize their great health benefits.
We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this data in the comments below! Which of these three teas is your favorite?
Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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