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Microwaving tea makes it healthier according to scientists

Microwaving tea makes it healthier according to scientists

We’re sure that along with most mums up and down the country, you start the day with a nice brew. Well you would never have guessed but scientists have turned round and said we’ve been making it wrong (or at least unhealthily)! Can you believe the cheek of it?!

Scientists are now recommending that we microwave our tea! The discussion followed online outcry from audiences of TV drama Broadchurch last month, when actor David Tennant microwaved his cup of tea.

Dr Vuong, who works at the University of Newcastle on the New South Wales Central Coast, specialises in finding ways to "add value" to natural products by extracting bioactive compounds with antioxidant capacities, ABC reports

In Dr Vuong's study, he found that his method activated 80 per cent of the caffeine, theanine and polyphenol compounds! These are all good health properties; polyphenols are antioxidants which are linked to lower cholesterol and theanine is an essential amino acid. Sounds good to us!

Here’s Dr Vuong’s method:

1. Put hot water in the cup with your teabag.
2. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power.
3. Let it sit for a minute.

Seems simple enough? We can almost hear the outcry from Brits up and down the country, the thought of microwaving tea even with the health benefits seems a profanity. Dr Vuong even said the method resulted in the best taste, but I think we will have to test that for ourselves.  Is anyone making a cuppa?

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