There's nothing more relaxing that a hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day.Tea has been the ultimate go-to comfort beverage for a long, long time, but it turns out that we might have been making it wrong this whole time. Yup, it actually is possible to screw up the simple task of putting a tea bag into hot water.
As it turns out, microwaving your tea might actually be the best way to get the most out of your tea bag. Yup, you heard that right. Your mother might have told you that nuking your food takes out all of the nutrients from it, but on the subject of tea, science would beg to differ.
By microwaving your tea, you'll get 80% of the catechins in tea into your morning cup. Additionally, you'll get 92% of the caffeine from tea. Making tea the traditional way - by boiling water then pouring it into a cup - doesn't release nearly as many catechins or caffeine into your brew.
At this point you're probably like, "Whatever. Why should I care? Are there even any health benefits to this? And what are catechins even anyways?" Well, catechins can be defined as "a type of flavanoid found in certain kinds of tea, fruit, chocolate and wine."
Catechins "promote weight loss by increasing the amount of energy your body uses and by making it easier for your body to use excess body fat." Additionally, studies have found that drinking tea 690 mg of catechins for 12 weeks (like green tea) can lead to a reduction of body fat. So the next time you hear your favorite celeb touting green tea as part of her weight loss regime, now you'll know why.
"Cool. But what about this caffeine business? Isn't that bad for you?" you ask. Well, having more caffeine in your tea can give you more pep in your step. So if you're drinking your English Breakfast because you can't stay awake, microwaving your tea will give you more bang for your buck.
But does caffeine even have benefits beyond making you not tired? As it turns out, yes. Caffeine has been shown to increase memory, it can help increase stamina during exercise, it can help with chronic inflammation and it has even been linked to regrowing hair in men.
What's that? You're sold on microwaving your tea and you want to learn how to do it properly because apparently it is possible to screw up something so seemingly simple? Here's how to brew tea the microwave way in three easy steps:
There are many reasons why you should opt for tea over coffee. Most notably is the antioxidant benefit of tea. Additionally, tea can be good for your heart, as it has been linked to the reduction of risk for a heart attack. Tea is also believed to boost the immune system and lower your risk of cancer.