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If you want the same level of antioxidants in iced tea, double the amount of tea you would use in a hot cup.
7. You get more antioxidants from freshly brewed tea.
True. Don’t waste your money on that bottle of green tea in the vending machine. Researchers have discovered only 3 milligrams of flavonoids in instant, bottled, and decaffeinated teas compared to almost 150 milligrams in freshly brewed tea.
8. It is best to drink green tea with a meal.
False. Studies have shown that green tea may decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid of a nutritious meal, so consider drinking between meals instead of a snack.
Now that we know a little more about tea, go brew yourself a cup or 3 and reap the benefits.
Warning: Because green tea contains caffeine, check with your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a serious anxiety disorder.
Sources and more reading:
WebMD - Healthy Eating & Diet - Quiz: the truth about green tea. 24, October, 2011
Fitness Magazine - Fit Stop - 5 Facts about Green Tea. Web. 24, October, 2011
American Cancer Society - Find Support & Treatment - Green Tea. Web. 24, October, 2011
Science Daily - Science News - Protective Properties of Green Tea Uncovered. Web. 24, October, 2011
University of Maryland Medical Center - Complementary Medicine - Green Tea. Web. 24, October, 2011
Science Daily - Science News - Green Tea Helps Mice Keep Off Extra Pounds. Web. 24, October, 2011
Reviewed October 24, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith