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Does decaffeinated tea have as much antioxidants as a serving of vegetables?
No and yes.
While tea is really good for you, and there's a ton of good scientific evidence now to support you drinking tea, it's not all that easy to compare a drink brewed from the leaves of a plant with a bunch of fresh broccoli. Tea is very high in flavonoids which have been shown to have powerful antioxidant powers. Even so, there's a ton of other antioxidant vitamins in fresh veggies that tea can only dream of. There's no Vitamin C, Vitamin E or Vitamin A to speak of in tea, for instance.
The key is to have both as part of what you eat. Drink tea and not soda. Have fresh veggies and not potato chips.
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS