Tea Truth

Gimme a Tea!!! Today I’m discussing the truths about tea.

Step aside milk, tea does a body good. So good in fact, it may actually counteract some of the negative effects of diabetes and smoking and lower the risk of lung cancer.

When talking about tea I’m referring to black, green, white, or oolong. All of these teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant.

This calorie free, caffeinated beverage is one of the best beverages other than water. You should drink one to three cups per day to ensure you are reaping all the health benefits.

Why is tea so good for you?

Studies indicate that phytochemicals in tea, such as flavonoids, may protect against bone loss, heart disease, cancer and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The caffeine content of teas vary, but despite which leaf you choose each cup is packed full of antioxidants – which help fight free radicals and stress-induced inflammation.

Cold Or Hot Tea?

Both! Depends on how you like it. Personally, I only drink hot tea early in the morning or late at night before bed and during the day I prefer iced tea – even in the winter months.

However, iced tea brewed from loose leaves is the best source of antioxidants. It’s true that bottled varieties vary in potency. Just don’t use hot water when making iced tea. This creates a chemical reaction that changes the flavor slightly.

To make cold-brewed tea it’s best to put tea leaves in a bottle of water, then refrigerate for a couple of hours or overnight. Use one teaspoon of tea leaves (or one bag) to every six ounces of water.

Although, it’s important to note that you should drink your tea within 24 hours for maximum benefits. After that, the antioxidants in tea start to dissipate.

Collagen Beauty Water - Strawberry Lemon
I love to mix this in with my ICED green tea! YUM!


Tea Truth:

Try squeezing in a little juice from a lemon or an orange – both of which are high in vitamin C. This may help you absorb up to three times as much of certain polyphenol antioxidants.

Don’t like lemon in your tea? That’s ok. Try having an orange as a snack while you drink your tea. As long as the citrus and the tea mingle in your gut together, you’ll get the same benefits.

Brew Basics

When you first use loose leaf tea making the perfect cup takes practice. There are a ton of options to choose loose leaf teas so make sure to try a variety of brands and flavors. It’s really personal preference. Don’t be intimidated by loose leaves though. Fresh, loose leaves yield the most health benefits and flavor compared to tea bags. Different types of teas require different preparation methods.

First, the water temperature really matters. What I’ve learned from researching and from personal experience is that the lighter the tea, the cooler the water should be.


(although don’t quote me on this exactly because I am not an expert)
  • White Tea: 155 degrees F. Let the water rest for 3-4 minutes after boiling before you pour.

  • Green Tea: 165 degrees F. Let the water rest for 2 minutes before you pour.

  • Oolong Tea: 200 degrees F. Let the water rest for 1 minute before you pour.

  • Black Tea: 212 degrees F. No resting. Pour right after boiling.

Steeping time –> while each tea has a specific resting (steeping) time, the 3-5 minute rule works well for most teas. If the tea tastes bitter chances are you over-steeped. Try diluting the tea with a little water to make it more palatable.

Here are some tea necessity suggestions:

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Author: Katie

Hi! I'm Katie, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. This website it dedicated to those looking to heal their bodies from the inside out - and it all starts with balancing out your blood sugar. Let's heal disease together one plate at a time.

6 Replies to “Tea Truth”

  1. This was a good article for me to read. My wife drinks tea and she knows the benefits from doing so. She got me into drinking tea a while back but i don’t drink it regularly. I had no idea that orange or lemon juice had so much of a positive effect on the absorption of the antioxidants! That is important information. Obviously I need to drink more tea and do it in a way that I can get the most out of it. Thanks for the info and also the best ways to enjoy the taste of the tea as well.

  2. I am a tea drinker but never knew of the many benefits imparted by drinking tea. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the way to make iced tea from loose leaves by cold processing. I did not know of that method. So thank you for this knowledge.
    Does over- brewing tea reduce the anti-oxidant benefits?

    1. Great question! No, over-steeping your tea will not harm the antioxidants. However, it will result in a more bitter tea taste. Cheers!

  3. Love this article about tea as a helper for diabetics. I’m not diabetic but I do have insulin resistance to a certain degree. I’m a tea fanatic. In fact, it’s the only drink I’ll have aside from water. I was able to cut my bad habits of drinking soft drinks (I used to drink up to 2x 710 ml per day) to none and sugared coffee. I still have a long way to go diet-wise, but I’m making my changes step by step.

    I also put some lemon in my teas, it was more of a habit more than anything. It’s awesome to know that it can help absorb up to three times polyphenol antioxidants. Amazing!

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