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Why You Should Be Microwaving Your Tea

Tea is the closest thing we currently have to magic weight loss elixir.

Sipping the beverage regularly can fry stubborn belly chub and even fight off disease. There aren't many other drinks that can work wonders like that! But if you want to reap the better-body benefits, brewing a cup however you please just won't do—and following the tea manufacturers' brewing instructions isn't much better. You miss out on some health-promoting, flab-frying catechins inside the tea bag if you follow the instructions on the box, according to findings published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis and our new e-book, The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse, which shows you how to eat and drink—and still shrink!

After carrying out a series of preparation scenarios in a lab, the researchers found that using a microwave as part of the extraction method improved the amount of catechins in your cup by nearly 20 percent. It also slightly boosted the extraction of caffeine. To reap the nutritional benefits at home, follow the researchers' scientifically-backed brewing method: Put your tea bag into a cup of boiling water for 30 seconds, then, keeping the tea bag in the water, zap your cup in the microwave for one minute before enjoying. Who would have thought something so simple could have such a powerful impact?!

Before you start sipping your tea, though, be warned it may taste more bitter or astringent than usual because of the extra catechins in your cup. The researchers suggest looking for fruit-infused green tea varieties to help mask the taste.

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Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more about Dana Leigh