Green Tea is laden with innumerable benefits, but as it turns out the best way to get those benefits is to drink your Green Tea loose. Bags and bottled teas just don’t make the cut. A new report by an independent laboratory shows that green tea can vary widely from one cup to the next. Some bottled varieties appear to be more than sugar or water, containing little of the antioxidants Green Tea is good for.
This report was published this week by ConsumerLab.com. The report took a close look at brewed and bottled green tea products and found that green tea brewed from loose tea leaves was perhaps the most potent source of antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG. Green tea’s popularity has been fueled in part all of the research linking EGCG to benefits like weight loss to cancer prevention, but the evidence comes largely from test tube studies, research on animals and large population studies, none of it very rigorous, and researchers could not rule out the contribution of other healthy behaviors that tend to cluster together.
This is good reason to drink your Green tea loose. There is a whole market of bottled tea out there because of all the studies about Green tea but they don’t do anything but taste and extra sugar. To get health benefits from Green tea that the news raves about day after day – take your time to brew it and let the leaves expand – it will only help your health.