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Which is Healthier, Iced Tea or Hot Tea?

It’s that time of the year again, and what goes best with a hot summer day, when the sun is high and burning your skin to a nice crispy red? You got it, ICED TEA!


Nothing is more refreshing and lowers your body temperature better than a cold crisp glass of premium loose tea from ESP Tea Emporium. Actually, many people enjoy iced tea in place of soft drinks all year round. It’s cold refreshing and much healthier than soft drinks, energy drinks or yes even iced coffee.


However, the question always comes up. Which is healthier, iced tea or hot tea? Does tea lose any of the many health benefits, including antioxidants, that are plentiful in hot brewed tea?


Research has shown that for the most part, iced and hot tea both contain the same antioxidants and, as a result, the same health benefits. However, even though the results do vary a little depending on the tea.


A 2012 study conducted by Professor Jeng-Leun Mau of the National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan, showed that cold-brewed green tea that was steeped for 12 hours had a high level of polyphenols (the extremely healthy antioxidants in green tea) that were equal to or greater than tea steeped in hot water for 5 minutes.


The study does note that steeping tea for at least 12 hours has better extraction abilities than hot water brewing. Cold-brewing tea does contain between half and two-thirds of the caffeine content of a hot cup of tea.


Cold-brewed tea displays more of a delicate and subtle flavor than hot-brewed tea which is very refreshing in its own right, but exceptionally so for people who don’t prefer a strong and robust cup of tea.


It goes without saying that drinking iced tea in place of soft drinks is much healthier and beneficial to a healthy lifestyle. Ice tea also contains zero calories for weight conscious people and doesn’t have the same nasty effects of tooth decay (depending on whether you use sugar or not) as soft drinks.


Hot or cold tea can have a huge impact on improving your health in several ways since tea is packed with antioxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals. Tea is credited with boosting your immune system, boosting your energy and is excellent at helping fight off illness and even cancer, as well as several other health problems.


So keep cool during the dog days of summer, keep a pitcher of premium Iced Tea on hand. Sweetened or unsweetened, flavored or straight you can’t go wrong. Feed your body, fight off health problems and chill.


At ESP Tea Emporium, our goal isn’t to only sell tea, we want to inform and teach you about the amazing world of different teas, tea culture and the provided health benefits. Please check back for more interesting, helpful and informative articles about all the benefits to drinking tea.


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