Tea helps prevent a variety of cancers, including breast, colon and pancreatic cancers, and other disease such as Parkinson’s disease. And if you’re diabetic, tea can help process sugars more efficiently – not to mention it can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome. Green tea specifically can even help improve bone mineral density.

So, while I mostly drink water and coffee at home, when I go out, I love to drink unsweet tea, as we call it around here. But what I’ve discovered is that literally half the time, when I order unsweet tea at a restaurant (especially fast food restaurants), it comes out tasting sour and spoiled – and that’s not counting the times they give me “sweet” tea accidentally – which, for me, might as well be an empty cup, because it tastes horrible to me.

Since last night, once again, I ordered unsweet tea and was once again handed this awful spoiled-tasting crap, I decided to research it. It’s so incredibly frustrating that ordering iced tea has become a gamble – maybe it’ll be good, maybe it’ll make me sick. It’s like tea roulette around here.

Being the huge nerd that I am, I decided to do some research into why this happens so often – and why it’s so hard to get a decent glass of iced tea, especially from a fast-food restaurant. And what does it say about a restaurant if they can’t serve fresh tea?

I hope you’re sitting down for this one – I do believe it’s changed my whole perception of this particular drink – and I’m sickened and horrified by what I found.