Tea is a refreshing drink that contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which are beneficial to health. If you enjoy tea but remain concerned about the effects of caffeine on the body, such as palpitations and insomnia, you may wish to use decaffeinated tea bags. However, Raymond Goldberg, author of "Drugs Across the Spectrum," explains that the National Cancer Institute has listed chemical solvents used in some de-caffeination processes, such as methylene chloride, as potential carcinogens. To avoid possible health risks, follow a simple and natural method to decaffeinate tea bags.
Place the tea bag in the tea cup.
Fill the kettle with enough fresh water for one cup of tea, and bring to a boil.
Pour enough boiling water over the tea bag to saturate it completely.
Wait for 30 seconds. The steeping process removes approximately 80 percent of caffeine from the tea bag, according to the website Teazone.
Use a teaspoon to remove the tea bag from the cup.
Discard the liquid and place the tea bag back into the empty cup.
Re-fill the kettle with enough fresh water for one cup of tea and bring to a boil.
Pour the boiling water over the tea bag to fill the cup.
Steep the tea bag for 3 to 5 minutes.
Discard the tea bag. Your decaffeinated tea is ready to drink. Add milk and sugar as required.
- WebMD: Antioxidants in Green and Black Tea
- "Drugs Across the Spectrum"; Raymond Goldberg; 2009
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