You may notice the registered mark – ® – that I included in the title – Is Bottled Lipton® Green Tea Healthy?
I will be more conscious about the registered trademarks, thanks to Coca Cola, owners of the vitaminwater® brand. Apparently, this website is now popular enough to draw attention to a post I wrote almost a year ago. They have requested that in the future I refer to the trademarked brand.
To clear the air, I want you all to know that vitaminwater® indeed is a trademarked brand of Coca Cola®. And no, I do not think it’s healthy. And Yes, you can make your own healthy water that is much cheaper! For more info, read the original article:
Tea: Brewed vs. Bottled
Tea Inventory (Photo credit: euphbass)
Anyway, back to our topic of discussion today: Tea. If you missed my last article where I discuss the cancer fighting health benefits of tea, you will want to read it:
Today, I review information about whether the bottled Green Tea is as healthy as brewing your own.
Back in 2005, Oregon State University released information on green tea. One of the key points they make about bottled tea is that they “have levels of polyphenols and antioxidant activity 10 to 100 times lower than conventionally brewed tea, regardless of whether they are based on green teas or the white teas.”
That’s not good! Remember that polyphenols are potent antioxidants that make green tea so good for you.
In addition, some of the bottled teas are actually not brewed, but rather made from a tea powder. And just about 99% of the bottled tea on the market is sweetened. (FYI – that is not a statistic that is confirmed by research, but rather my own personal estimate!).
Sweeteners used in the bottled teas are either simple sugars, or artificial sweeteners. Most “diet” teas are actually sweetened and it’s very difficult to find a plain, unsweet tea drink in a bottle.
Are Bottled Tea Drinks Healthy?
Bottom line: Bottled tea does not have the same health benefits as brewed tea. For maximum benefit, make your own tea at home. This can include tea from bags or loose leaves. You can even make it iced, or cool by pouring brewed tea over ice or placing in the fridge. By choosing the brewed tea, you get more polyphenols and you can control the amount of sweetener that you might choose to put in it.
This image shows three different tea bags. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Another benefit to brewing it yourself? Your wallet! It is much cheaper to make your own. In addition, the environment benefits if you put it in a reusable bottle.
My suggestion: Brew away! Want to know some reader favorites? Here are the ones that Cancer Dietitian Facebook fans recommend:
- Jasmine Green Tea from Trader Joe’s is my current favorite (this was mine!)
- I am addicted to soy chai tea. The kind of organic chai in the bottle.
- Tulsi Tea…great for dry mouth from radiation.
- Good Earth tea! Love it :). Oh yeah, and Ginger tea too!
- Genmaicha Green
- Chai Spice
For more on tea, check out this article from a cancer survivor and health advocate.
Here are some topics I am planning for the next few articles:
- Healthy Grilling
- Bok Choi
- Reader Recipes
Feel free to email me with other suggestions!