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Why Is Water Temperature Important When Brewing Tea?

Drink plenty of water

Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth.

Plain tea, fruit tea and coffee (without added sugar) can also be healthy.

If you do not like the taste of plain water, try sparkling water or add a slice of lemon or lime.

Or heat the water and infuse a tea bag, some coffee or a slice of lemon. 

You could also add some no-added-sugar squash or fruit juice for flavour.

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Cold Tea May Be Better for Weight Loss

The rule of thumb is to always drink your tea hot as it promotes weight loss. 

But did you know that you may be able to achieve the same if not better results with cold tea?

Well, let’s take a look.

One study decided to compare the weight loss effect of hot vs. cold tea. For this experiment, unsweetened Yerba Mate tea was used, and 23 healthy young adults volunteered. They drank 16.9 oz (500 mL). During the first session, they consumed cold tea, which was served at 37.4°F (3°C). During the second session, they consumed cold tea, which was measured at 131°F (55°C).

Ninety minutes after each administration, several different markers were measured.

  • Heart rate.
  • Cardiac output.
  • Blood pressure.
  • Energy expenditure.
  • Fat oxidation.

The results were impressive. The researchers found that the consumption of cold (caffeinated) tea produced superior fat oxidation and energy expenditure.

Another study conducted on a much larger scale collected and examined the data from 6,472 adults over a three-year period was very conclusive in its findings.

This study compared hot tea vs. cold tea consumption and examined their effect on obesity.

Hot tea consumption was associated with lower BMI in both men and women compared to people that did not consume tea. Hot tea also had a positive effect on several biomarkers related to heart disease risk and inflammation. (Hot tea was also associated with lowered triglyceride levels in women.)

Cold tea consumption, on the other hand, showed a positive correlation between its consumption and BMI. People that consumed cold tea regularly had higher BMI and had an overall worse effect on heart disease and inflammation biomarkers.

Hot Tea May Be Better for Treating Flu or Cold Symptoms

In one old study that was carried out in 1978, researchers found that cold water made nasal mucus harder to pass through the respiratory tract as it became harder and thicker. 

On the other hand, hot liquids made nasal mucus easier to pass and allowed participants to breathe more easily. What is more, by dealing with the mucus build-up, this can also soothe and alleviate some of the symptoms of a sore throat.

Another aspect of hot tea worth exploring is the benefit of steam inhalation. Steam inhalation is a commonly used home remedy for opening the nasal passages in people that are suffering from cold or sinus infections.

Although frequently used steam inhalation has also been tested in clinical trials and the results have been mixed. Some people did see improvement and experienced relief in their symptoms, while others didn’t. One study found that steam inhalation was effective in treating the headaches associated with sinus problems. (10 11)

Steam inhalation may be dangerous in some instances as it can cause burns. (12)

Fizzy drinks, flavoured waters, and squashes with added sugar

Fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks can contain lots of added sugar and very few nutrients, so keep them to a minimum. Children should avoid them completely.

Flavoured water drinks can also contain a surprisingly large amount of sugar, so check t before you buy.

Also beware of “juice drinks” as they may not have enough fruit in them to count towards your 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

A high sugar content means a drink is also high in calories, which can contribute towards you becoming overweight.

Cutting down on these drinks is a good way of reducing the number of calories you consume while not missing out on any nutrients.

Likewise, getting children to drink fewer sugary drinks is a good way of limiting the amount of sugar they consume.

Children who drink a lot of sugary drinks are more likely to become overweight.

The added sugar in these drinks also means they can damage teeth.

If you do have sugary or fizzy drinks, drinking them with meals can help reduce the damage to teeth.

The best drinks to give children are water and milk.

If you or your children like fizzy drinks, try diluting fruit juice with sparkling water instead.

Remember to dilute squashes well to reduce the sugar content in the drink.

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