Bottled Tea: Why You Should Avoid It

Polyphenols, the antioxidants in tea, are famed for its health benefits. However, drinking bottled tea may not be that beneficial after all.

In a study conducted by life science company WellGen Inc. in New Jersey,  ShiMing Li and his colleagues measured the polyphenol content of 6 brands of bottled tea bought at supermarkets. They found the teas contained 3-81 miligrams of polyphenols per 16-ounce bottle. A cup of brewed tea usually contains 50-150 miligrams of polyphenols.

The polyphenols in bottled teas are too low to confer much health benefits. Since polyphenols are bitter, manufacturers add sugar but less tea to cater for the tastes of all consumers. You would have to drink 20 bottles to get health benefits from polyphenols.

Bottled tea is not good for the waistline. It contains added ingredients such as sugar that is high in calories.

If you want to drink tea for weight loss, it is best to stick with fresh, brewed tea.

In short, bottled tea is not a healthy beverage when it is high in sugar and low in polyphenols.

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