Recently I have been buying an unprecedented amount of bottled iced tea, both for the taste and because of the health benefits associated with drinking tea. These last two weeks, I have been feeling fairly proud of myself for ditching soft drinks and sugary juices for the healthier tea alternative.
Yesterday, my husband brought to my attention that bottled tea may actually give drinkers little benefits. This insight came after he read a study conducted by researchers at Wellgen whose findings were that bottled teas contain almost no antioxidants from the tea.
Many bottled teas contain much fewer antioxidants than a single cup of home-brewed green or black tea; some may not even contain any antioxidants. In fact, bottled teas may actually contain high amounts of sugar considered to be unhealthy.
While these bottled teas taste great, the benefit of tea is lost. This is typically a result of tea manufacturers who intend to keep the taste of the tea as sweet as possible. I decided after careful research, that I am willing to take the bitter taste of tea in order to reap the benefits. Antioxidants in teas have been found to protect against a range of diseases such as: cancer, inflammation, diabetes, and heart diseases. Next week I won’t be buying bottled tea.