Tea is consumed in about 80% of all U.S. households, either hot or iced. I personally love both hot and iced tea, but this post is not about the temperature of the tea you drink, rather the form of your tea. Tea comes in loose leaf style or packed in handy little tea bags.
Which form do you use? Loosey goosey or handy-dandy tea bags? Whatever’s in the cupboard at the time?
Turns out there are benefits to using loose tea over tea bags:
- Vitamins, Antioxidants & Minerals Broken and crushed tea leaves packaged into tea bags have already lost most of their goodness before you even dunk them into the water. Steeping whole leaf tea allows the water to flow through the whole leaf extracting the valuable vitamins, minerals, essential oils, antioxidants, flavors and aromas.
- Flavors Generally, standard tea bags are mixed of lower grade teas from around the world so the flavors remain basically the same year after year. However, loose teas are generally more specialized teas from specific areas of the world. These teas vary in aromas and flavors from season to season.
- Freshness Good quality loose tea will be fresher than the standard tea bags stocked on the grocery store shelves for months if not years.
Whatever you use, tea can be very nutritious, calming and delicious. I prefer green, white and red teas over the black teas. How about you? Which teas do you enjoy?
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