RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

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RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby bearsbearsbears » Aug 24th, '10, 19:18

Article today at the Washington Post highlights research on ready-to-drink brewed teas claiming to have lots of antioxidants/polyphenols/flavonoids actually have very little when compared to brewing a fresh cup at home:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/aug/23/study-tea-brewed-at-home-healthiest/

Thought it was interesting and wanted to share!

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby entropyembrace » Aug 24th, '10, 19:57

And it seems they compared to teabag teas...which have less antioxidants than fresh loose leaf teas...though the difference is not quite as dramatic as between RTD´s and the tea bags...

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby debunix » Aug 24th, '10, 20:19

Not that we're surprised, right?

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby Chip » Aug 24th, '10, 20:24

So just drink 20X the RTD to compensate ... :idea:

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby silverneedles » Aug 24th, '10, 21:40

that was just 1 of the 6 samples, however i wonder if the study is published or they're going to wait until the end of the ACS conference... original linky. Really curious what brands they tested

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby skilfautdire » Aug 25th, '10, 06:06

Since the study is made in the context of product development, it'd be interesting to see if the names of the 49 observed products will be given. Wellgen Inc, quoted:

"While we believe that this research helps strengthen our own product offerings, we hope that it will encourage the use of rigorous analytical methods for the measurement and reporting of nutrients with health benefits."

Roughly it could be like: I have funded this bunch of scientists and they've found out (and I really had a good hint at that in the first place) that those 49 products are crap compared to real tea but now look at our new instant tea product which is much better. It's still not real tea (why would you drink that and mess around with leaves, hot water (dangerous!) and teapots ?) but much better than the 49 others.

Well, I guess it's business as usual ! :mrgreen:

http://wellgen.com/2010/08/24/health-be ... s-reality/

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby Chip » Aug 25th, '10, 08:52

Ohhhh, donCha love those not so neutrally funded studies????? :roll:

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Re: RTD tea has 1/20 the antioxidants of a fresh cup

Postby Crafty_Mom » Aug 27th, '10, 20:15

Chip wrote:Ohhhh, donCha love those not so neutrally funded studies????? :roll:

Yes. They entertain me. :lol:

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