Loose tea vs. bottled tea
Bottled iced tea consumption may be on the rise, but what many consumers don’t know is that the bottled iced tea isn’t as healthy as it is often portrayed. In addition, many of them contain lots of added sugar, and many of the bottled products are not even made from brewing loose tea leaves but from tea extract.
For these reasons, bottled tea, also known as ready-to-drink tea (RTD), can contain much lower levels of flavonoids than freshly brewed loose tea. Flavonoids, as you know, are the primary form of antioxidants found in black, green and white tea. Of course, one of the primary reasons consumers opt for the bottled tea as opposed to loose tea is out of convenience.
With all the inexpensive gadgets available in the market, loose tea is so easy to brew and takes no more time than a tea bag. In fact, even iced tea is easy to make with many of the tea makers available today. So why cheat yourself out of better flavor and more antioxidants just for the sake of convenience?