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Be Summer Ready with Iced Teas

By sai bharath April 26, 2022

Every culture has its variety of tea. Most types of tea have a tale to tell. Whether it be the summer evenings or cold winter mornings, tea has its way of fitting into our lives. Most of us know about hot teas. But where did the concept of iced tea evolve from? We believe that iced tea was invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis. We must say that it was wrong to assume that it was invented then without looking at what the recipe books had to say otherwise. Iced tea was a part of American life even before 1904; the World’s Fair at St Louis only popularised it. It is said that Americans have enjoyed cold tea since the late 1800s. They would let the hot tea cool down in the summertime and then consume it. Richard Blechnyden, an Englishman, had a tea pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair to promote Indian black teas. Chinese green tea was popular in the Midwest and other parts of the US at the time, but black tea was not. The city of St. Louis was experiencing a heatwave at the time, and few visitors were interested in the hot black tea. Blechynden decided to buy ice blocks, make ice chips, and serve iced tea. The cool, refreshing black tea was a hit with the crowd!

Several studies have talked about the benefits of iced tea over hot teas. However, both have their set of benefits. According to the Journal of Food Science and Technology, the traditional way of making tea is to brew the leaves in hot water at a temperature ranging from 158 F to 200 F. Some researchers found that cold water steeping has maximised health benefits as it includes higher antioxidant activity and an increase in phenolics and gallic acid content. But to achieve this, the tea needs to be infused for a more extended period. Iced teas also make space to enjoy caffeinated tea without its side effects. Unsweetened iced tea is beneficial for people trying to lose weight. This is an excellent alternative for people suffering from the problem of hypertension and other cardiovascular issues. However, catechins are present in very small amounts in instant iced tea, widely available. Iced Teas with a lot of sugar are very unhealthy and are found in department stores. They contain many unwanted chemicals, and they include zero nutrition and infants. So, it is important to choose your teas wisely.

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