Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Do Those Bottled Teas Measure Up?

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Do Those Bottled Teas Measure Up?

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The research is clear. Tea is a healthy drink that helps fight inflammation, heart disease, oxidation, even cancer. But you need four or more cups a day to get those benefits.

Commercial beverage companies these days are doing everything they can to help you get your "daily four." But do those bottled teas on the market measure up in terms of health benefits?

Not really, suggests dietitian Thomas Cimo of the New YorkPresbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "You don't know the process by which these bottled teas are made - how much tea is used and what its strength is. It is not listed on the label and there's no way to know."

When you brew your own black or green tea and let it steep in boiling water for 2-5 minutes, the disease-fighting "catechins" and "polyphenols" are extracted into the water.

A survey by Cimo and his team found the ingredients listed in bottled tea products to be "tea extract, tea solids, tea concentrate and tea" - but the exact amount of each could not be determined. …

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