Monday, January 8, 2007

Milk cancels benefit of tea

Milk cancels health benefit of drinking tea: study Reuters/Yahoo!News 1/8/07 "Research has shown that tea improves blood flow and the ability of the arteries to relax but researchers at the Charite Hospital at the University of Berlin in Mitte found milk eliminates the protective effect against cardiovascular disease..."The beneficial effects of drinking black tea are completely prevented by the addition of milk, said Dr Verena Stangl, a cardiologist at the hospital...proteins called caseins in milk decrease the amount of compounds in tea known as catechins which increase its protection against heart disease..."

The researchers of this study also think milk prevents the anti-cancer effect of tea.

Kinda wish I knew this a few decades ago. Ok then, milk-less the tea shall be. The article mentions that the milk in British tea might explain why in a nation that loves tea, the benefits don't seem all that apparent.

Funny how this one study will probably change the way millions of people drink tea.

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