What temperature do you take your tea? The question has to do with a lot more than just taste; the health effects of iced, room temperature, and hot tea can each be very different. Your choice of piping-hot tea, sun tea, or tea you drink after leaving it on the counter for an hour has an impact on antioxidants, body temperature, metabolism and even, according to some studies, cancer risk. There's no definitive answer on which is the 'best' temperature for tea; it seems that every temperature range has its own pros and cons.
Tea is traditionally steeped in water to release compounds that create its color and tasty flavor, and there's a lot of variation in tea consumption worldwide. Some teas are traditionally drunk extremely hot. Black tea leaves can also be exposed to boiling water without a problem, but green tea leaves will be scorched and need to be added to cooler water to avoid a nasty bitter taste. Queen Elizabeth II reportedly likes her black tea cooled by a little cream, while statistics indicate that iced tea is becoming more popular, with consumption spiking from 37 million liters worldwide in 2016 to a predicted 41 million liters by 2021. However you choose to take your tea, here are the benefits — and the drawbacks.