Green Tea in Thermos

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  1. Tang Ai

    Tang Ai New Member

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    Hey Guys!

    Any tea drinkers here? I read in an article that keeping green tea in a thermos destroys the polyphenols (what makes green tea so healthy) due to the heat. Does keeping green tea in a thermos completely eliminate the health benefits or is the harm minimal?

    - Tang Ai
     
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    i'm not sure whether this is just an old chinese wives' tale but while i was in hangzhou and buying their famous green tea leaves, i was told to never put the leaves directly into boiling water. furthermore i was told to let the boiling water cool for 2-3 minutes, pour the water into the serving cup, and then put the leaves directly into the cup. i was told NOT to cover the cup because it would have some detrimental effect on the green tea's potency.

    this is what i was told by numerous people in china. take it for what its worth.
     
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    this thread freaks me out for some reason
     
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    as far as i've been told, just don't cover the top of the cup.
     
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    I think the point is that you shouldn't enclose the heat. I was just wondering if the effect of the heat completely cancels the benefits of the tea. If this is the case, then I would strongly consider changing my tea-drinking habits :p! Thank you for your imput btw, I do think the Chinese are onto something.....
    -Tang Ai
     
  6. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    i don't see how the heat could completely cancel the benefits of the tea. if this were the case, you wouldn't be able to make tea because you can't make tea with cold water.
     
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    not completely cancel... but the chinese believe that covering the cup will somehow nullify the potency of the tea. again, i don't understand how this would work but i trust the judgment of my ancestors.
     
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    I would like to learn more about this.lol
    -pepper sauce
     
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