Dr. Quan Vuong of the University of Newcastle has spent years researching how microwaving food can actually unlock both culinary and health benefits. And, yep—this goes for zapping tea, too. According to The Guardian, Dr. Vuong's tea study found that microwaving both green and black tea activated 80 percent of the caffeine, as well as "theanine and antioxidant compounds—properties that are linked to lower cardiovascular disease and cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes."
ABC notes that using a microwave also generates the best tasting cuppa tea. So, what's the method to this madness?
- Put hot water in the cup with your teabag.
- Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on half power.
- Let it sit for a minute.