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Cold Green Tea, Reduced Benefits?


#1

I've noticed this question has been asked before but haven't seen any experts reply to it.

I'm using Lipton Green Tea bags. I'm wondering if there is a reduction in the health benefits if I boil water, then steep my green tea as I normally would but instead of drinking it make enough for a pitcher and store it in the fridge. I have never tried this so not even sure if it would taste very good cold but just curious. It would be easier just grabbing the pitcher and pouring a glass instead of having to boil a new cup everyday.


#2

I do this (iced Green Tea). I can see no reason why Green Tea would lose any of it's health benefits.

You can do 10 bags of Green Tea to 1 Bag of Lemon Zinger. Blueberry Zinger is also very good.


#3

GREAT idea!! I usually just put some Splenda and lemon slices in my pitcher. I can't see why the benifits would decrease, at least substantially.


#4

Don't know anything about reduced benefits but the guy I buy my tea from recommends letting the boiled water cool for a few minutes before infusing the tea. This is purely for flavour as boiling water gives it a bad taste.


#5

Just so long as the water is hot at the time of infusion (for proper extraction of the actives) it shouldn't matter too much. Taste will take a hit though as it oxidizes, much like coffee does. Put in an air tight carafe to be safe.


#6

I drink far more "cold" tea than "hot" tea. We always have a 1/2 gallon bottle full in the fridge.