Brace yourselves, Brits: Science says the best way to brew a cup of tea is...inside a microwave, not in a teapot. (We know—the horror.) That's right: Research shows that zapping your favorite tea bag and a cup of water together in the microwave is the most effective way to garner the bevy of tea's benefits, and get the best taste.
After extensive research, Quan Vuong, a food scientist at the University of Newcastle in Australia, determined that microwaving tea activates 80 percent of its caffeine, plus amino acids and antioxidants such as theanine and polyphenol. This brewing method also, according to Vuong, yields the yummiest taste.
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Why? According to Vuong, zapping natural products is the most effective way to extract their bioactive compounds—antioxidants and amino acids that lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes.