(PRWEB) August 28, 2014
As summer faces and autumn sets in the debate for tea starts, especially the debate around temperature of tea. Is one better than the other for a certain season? Or is it simply a matter of personal taste?
Which is healthier, hot tea or cold tea?
Tea is rich in antioxidants that can help protect against cancer, heart disease, and other health concerns. Some people avoid iced tea due to the belief that it goes through additional processing that destroys the antioxidants.
An experiment by Prevention Magazine, which measured antioxidant levels, found that “convenience” cold teas (bottled cold tea, iced tea bags, etc.) did have less antioxidants than hot teas, but that even some convenience teas had more antioxidants than fruit sources like blueberries and Concord grape juice.
On the other hand, a 2013 study by the European Journal of Nutrition, which analyzed the connection between hot vs. cold tea and weight factors, found that regular hot tea consumption was associated with lower body weight measures than that of cold tea drinkers. In other words, drinking cold tea makes you fat.
So is hot tea really healthier than cold tea?
The answer is in the tea, not the temperature.
What impacts the quality of the tea is how it’s made and the ingredients that are added to it, not the temperature. We suspect that the hot-tea drinkers in the EJN study were simply drinking healthier teas, whereas cold tea drinkers are more likely to be lured in by unhealthy convenience teas.
Here’s what you should know:
Bottom line: You’ll get the best antioxidant boost from fresh-brewed tea that is chilled, but even some convenience teas retain a respectable amount of antioxidants. The most important thing is to do your homework on the brands you consume to make sure you’re getting all the health benefits of this wonderful beverage.