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Bottle Tea Has Low Antioxidant Levels

September 2, 2010 by  

Bottle tea has low antioxidant levelsIndividuals who drink bottled iced tea may not be getting all the health benefits they believe they are. A new study presented at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society revealed that bottled tea has a fraction of the antioxidants as freshly brewed tea.

In fact, some brands of bottled iced tea have such low levels of antioxidants that consumers would have to drink 20 bottles to get the nutritional benefit as one cup of freshly brewed tea.

The sale of bottled tea and iced tea has grown into a major industry, accounting for more than $1 billion in annual sales, according to the report. The authors note that the health benefits offered by antioxidants are some of the main factors driving the industry’s growth.

"Consumers understand very well the concept of the health benefits from drinking tea or consuming other tea products," said the study’s lead author Shiming Li, who works at a New Jersey-based biotechnology company.

"However, there is a huge gap between the perception that tea consumption is healthy and the actual amount of the healthful nutrients," he said.

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