Sunday 22 April 2018

The scientific way to make tea healthier is causing outrage

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Image: Getty

Rachel Hosie

In news that is likely to appall any tea-lover to their very core, scientists are recommending we microwave our tea.

The research was carried out by Dr Quan Vuong, from the University of Newcastle on the New South Wales Central Coast of Australia, who specialises in finding ways to add value to to natural products “by extracting bioactive compounds with antioxidant capacities,” ABC reports.

This is his recommended method for making a brew:

- Put hot water in the cup with your teabag.

- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power.

- Let it sit for a minute.

Dr Vuong concluded that the above technique activated 80 per cent of the caffeine, theanine and polyphenol compounds in black and green teas, whether loose leaf or tea bags.

Theanine is an amino acid that encourages relaxation and polyphenols are antioxidants which help prevent degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease.

Dr Vuong also said the method resulted in the best taste.

It’s not clear, however, whether he was adding milk to his cuppas, as many people do.

Forget the debate about whether to put milk in first, this is one of the most controversial claims the tea world has ever seen. And people have reacted in a big way:

There's only one way to cope with all this outrage: pop the kettle on.

Independent News Service

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