Tea is such a wonderful drink to warm up to on a cold winter day, and there are so many varieties to choose from. However, don’t make the mistake of using tea bags! Loose leaf tea is much more delicious and nutritious for you. Let’s take a look at some of the differences:
- Health Benefits: Traditional tea bags have much less of the health benefits than you would find in loose leaf tea. This is because the leaves have been chopped and cut into small pieces called “fanning and dusts” to fit into small bags. This process severely reduces the quality of the tea and any nutritional benefits that it may have had. Loose teas, on the other hand, keep the full range of their health benefits since the whole leaf has been kept in tact.
- Flavor: There is no competition when it comes to flavor: Loose leaf tea wins hands down. Because loose teas are not trapped inside of a bag, they have enough room to expand fully, allowing all the flavors to be properly extracted. The leaves in tea bags are not able to expand well and the leaves that are in them have been chopped into such small pieces already that much of the flavor has been lost. Tea bags often contain bleached paper material that may add unwanted chemicals to your tea and offset the flavors.
- Freshness & Reusability: Tea bags are generally mass-produced in order to be stored for a very long time on warehouse shelves. They are easier and more convenient for the everyday tea drinker; however, keep in mind that what you are drinking is not very fresh and has been stripped of most of its essential oils, aroma, flavor, and nutrients. Loose teas on the other hand, especially the ones that have been hand-harvested, are generally produced seasonally and in smaller quantities to ensure freshness and high quality tea. One last thing to note is that tea bags can only be used for one steeping. Loose teas can be re-used multiple times to make several different cups of tea!
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