As we all know that tea is one of the most popular and most consumed beverages in the world. A cup of hot beverage results in good health. But, it depends upon the quality. The level of toxins is different from leaf to leaf. In Green, Black, White and Oolong tea the toxin named fluoride are present in very high quantity as compared to loose leaf.
Less Fluoride in Young Leaves
Camellia Sinensis is the producer of all the leaves. As this plant grows older, its root absorbs toxins which are present in the soil and majority of them are deposited in the leaves of this plant. This results in more fluoride content in the mature leaves as compared to the young ones. Green, Black, Oolong and White tea has 20 times more content as compared to young ones.
Tea and Fluoride Found
As already discussed above, young leaves has lower toxic content hence make the best quality. Here is the list that gives you the rough picture of quality and the amount of fluoride present in it:
• Loose leaf tea if finest Quality
• Fluoride in tea plus in water or Bottled tea
• Brick shaped oldest leaves ~ Lowest Quality
Health Benefits of Loose Leaf
Due to less fluoride content, loose leaf is very good for the health. It has numerous health benefits. A few of them are as follows:
• Reduces the risk of diabetes.
• Help to check blood pressure.
• Helps to prevent lung cancer.
• Helps in weight management.
• And many more!
Steps to Brew Loose Leaf Tea
• Use a traditional pot.
Take a kettle and heat water in it. You can use infuser or strainer for the leaves. You can also add leaves directly into the pot, if you do not have infuser or strainer. From the kettle, add the hot water into teapot. Use infuser or strainer for straining tea leaves or you can also use hand-held one for this purpose.
• Use a tea maker.
Take kettle and heat some water. Once the water is heated, pour that heated water into the maker. If you have maker that have filter fitted in the pot for the leaves then it will be very nice, otherwise you have many other options to go for.
Best option is to consume organic blends but these costly. Hence choose your brand wisely.
So, these are the ways in which you can brew loose leaf. Follow all the steps rigorously and enjoy a hot cup of tea in chilling winters!
Uday blogs often on health benefits of tea hence the article. He writes often on variants of this hot beverage. Uday writes on many topics.