Does brewing tea makes it stronger in caffeine? Which tea is healthier: one that is brewed shortly or the one brewed for a while (few m

Does brewing tea makes it stronger in caffeine? Which tea is healthier: one that is brewed shortly or the one brewed for a while (few minutes)?

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  1. Caffeine is available in teas that are cold brewed & hot brewed. There Are caffeine-free teas. The healthiest teas are expected to be the Herbal ones
    This guide is for steeping HOT Teas only.
    Green Tea steeps 1–3 minutes, at 150–180 Deg F.
    For Green Tea with Jasmine, Hibiscus or Lavendar: They steep 4 minutes max. at 160–180deg.F *Be aware the higher the temperature, though, this tea can become bitter.
    Black tea steeps for 3–5 minutes, depending on the tea leaves & your preference for weaker or stronger flaors. Max Temp180 – 190 deg F.
    Fruit flavored & Herbal Teas (i.e.Chamomile) should steep between 5 – 10 minutes. Once water comes to a full boil, turn Off the heat & either add loose tea (in a teabell) or a Teabag.
    I’ve always heated water in a large teapot which has a temperature gauge on it leaving no guesswork as to how hot the water can/should be. Then set a timer to prevent over-brewing, creating a bitter taste.
    Teas have plant compounds called “polyphenols,” these are antioxidants that give tea its medicinal benefits. Scientific evidence has shown the following benefits – potentially beneficial aspects.
    Green Tea *may promote Heart Health & potentially reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
    Black Tea *can assist in preventing inflammation in the body, cognitive decline, perhaps cancer & diabetes.
    Cammomile, an Herbal Tea is said to help you sleep.
    Fennel Tea may help with symptoms of Menopause.
    Hibiscus tea is said to assist in lowering blood Pressure.
    There is also White Tea, which has approximately 10 Health benefits!

  2. There are many factors that affect caffeine levels in tea. The brewing time is indeed one of them. It’s generally correct to assume that a longer brewing time will result in more extraction of caffeine as well as other components including antioxidant.
    There’s no correct answer to which one is healthier. I would say, steep your tea longer in the morning, as caffeine can be beneficial to start your day. In the evening you might not want to0 much caffeine intake, so steeping it for shorter durations might be the best. This of course depends on how sensitive a person is to caffeine.
    Generally, I think one should not worry to much about these details. To me, the simple enjoyment of making and drinking a cup of tea is the most important health benefit.

  3. Some like their tea stronger, other weaker, that’s a personal preference.
    Asians using tea leaves (not in tea bags), after first washing the tea leaves, in theory to rid them of the dust that settled on the leaves when they were left out to dry in the open (not sure if that’s still the case in these industrialized world), put in as much of those dried tea leaves in the tea pot to have the right strength of tea after brewing for some minutes, so not wasting any tea.
    As an ethnic Chinese, I never understood nor liked the very English way of making very strong almost black tea served mixed with milk.
    But of course, when making an infusion see Definition of INFUSION (that is what pharmacist call the process of extracting chemical substances from e.g. leaves into a solution the fluid phase of which is made up of water, or alcohol, or whatever), the longer the exposure time, the more of the substance will enter into the solution, so indeed more caffeine, also more other polyphenols and other anti-oxidants many claim are so good for our health.

  4. Yes. Up to a point, longer extraction times result in a higher caffeine content in the cup. For example: if you steep Lipton regular black teabags, the caffeine in a “standard” 6 ox cup will be roughly 17 mg after one minute, 38 after three minutes, and 47 after five minutes. This same kind of progression is seen for mosty other teas, though the numbers will vary. For more data, see Jenna. M. Chin, et al., “Caffeine Content of Brewed Teas”, J. Anal. Toxicology , 32, 702 (2008). The temperature of the water in this analysis was just below boiling *as is generally recommended), that is, 90 to 95 degrees C. That makes a difference as caffeine is more soluble in hot liquids than cold.
    As for health effects, that depends what you are trying to get out of your tea. Surprisingly, several studies have found either no difference or even higher antioxidant activity for cold brewed teas over hot brewed. But there is a difference between antioxidant activity and antioxidant levels. The latter tended to be higher in hot brewed tea, so I don’t think the jury is in on this one. I’ve not seen any good data on either antioxidant activity or levels as a function of brewing time at a given temperature.

  5. The longer you brew black tea, the stronger it will become. In fact, if you brew it too long, it can become downright bitter. It’s impossible to say which is healthier, because they’ve recently seen that having some caffeine at the right time during the day adds to your health. I think it’s more a matter of taste, and whether or not the person you’re brewing tea for adds milk or sugar.


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