Loose Tea or Tea Bags?

/Loose Tea or Tea Bags?
Loose Tea or Tea Bags?2016-11-16T07:39:12+00:00

We seem to be constantly under so much pressure that we are never able to have the time for anything we enjoy.

Maybe it is time to take the time to relax and to really enjoy what we love most.

It may take 1 minute to make a cup of tea from a tea bag compared to 4 minutes from loose tea but is that 3 minutes worth losing so many health benefits for?

Loose tea undergoes less processing than tea in bags and so less of the very helpful poly-phenols and antioxidants are lost.

You can obtain up to 100% more of the beneficial properties of tea from loose tea compared to tea bags (See graph).

Loose Leaf Versus Tea Bag

And of course, loose tea is less expensive than tea in teabags.

It is your choice.

Tea is good for you

Hardly a week goes by without news of yet another research study confirming the health benefits of tea.

However, not all teas are equally good for you. The chart above compares the ECGCs (tea’s healthy flavonoids) found in full-leaf teas versus those found in the supermarket tea bags.

Unsurprisingly, the full-leaf teas yield 1/3 to 1/2 more ECGCs, delivering more benefits in each cup. –Chromadex

More antioxidants with loose tea
In Japan, folks often drink 4 to 10 cups of green tea daily, says tea researcher Lester A. Mitscher, PhD. Here’s how to get the biggest antioxidant boost, Fresh brewed is best.

Antioxidant catechins-the potential sniffle stoppers in green tea-break down fast. Keep it loose. Tea made from loose leaves has more antioxidants than tea bags, which tend to have lower-quality, powdered leaves.

Watch your water. Chlorine in tap water can lower antioxidant levels if it is not brought to a full boil first.

For the best-tasting tea, use distilled water; the minerals in water change tea’s flavor. Time it. Steep for just 2 to 3 minutes to avoid a bitter taste. –Prevention, April 2003