Originated from Southwest China, tea is one of the most popular drinks around the globe.
Though China is the main producer of tea followed by India and Kenya, guess what, Turkey turns out to be the largest tea-consuming country (reported by Statista.com, 2016).
Green tea, black tea, and oolong tea are the most popular, all of which are made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant.
Low in calories, tea makes up roughly 2 calories per cup (240ml).
Here’s what you should know when you drink tea.
#1 Tea is hydrating to the body
Many assume drinking tea dehydrates the body but just like water, it’s hydrating to the body and also a caffeine-containing beverage.
However, just like water, drinking tea provides fluid to the body despite containing caffeine.
#2 Tea is a healthy cuppa
Tea has a range of health properties such as:-
- High oxygen radical absorbance capacity to help fight free radicals
- The Polyphenols in green tea helps in preventing cell damage and decrease the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease
- Tea contains fluoride, hence it helps in reducing cavity-forming bacteria in the mouth that causes plaque and tooth decay
- Tea has antioxidants that helps lower the risk of getting cancer such as breast, colon, colorectal, liver, ovarian, prostate, oral, etc.
- Drinking black tea or green tea after meals (food containing sucrose) can help diabetics better process sugars.
- The anti-inflammatory properties in tea helps in relaxing the blood vessels and putting less stress to the heart. It helps in preventing heart-attacks.
- Tea improves body metabolism and fat burning
#3 Side effects of drinking an overdose of tea
Drinking an overdose of tea can cause some side effects. Studies vary when it comes to the maximum number of cups to drink per day. Moderate consumption is between 3 to 5 cups a day (240ml per cup).
- Inefficient iron absorption – the tannins in tea can bind to iron in certain food and could disturb the ability to absorb iron. People with iron deficiency or anemia (like a pregnant mom with low Hb) should abstain from taking large amounts of tea. Or consider taking tea between two meals to ensure absorption of iron during mealtimes is effective.
- Poor sleep – Excessive intake of tea might interrupt the sleeping cycle due to the caffeine. People experiencing poor sleep quality due to drinking caffeinated tea regularly should consider reducing the intake of tea.
- Affect intake of medication – The catechins in tea can interfere with heart and blood pressure medications, hence it is good to get advice from doctors before consuming tea regularly.
- Heartburn – The caffeine in tea can cause heartburn. Anyone having heartburn drinking tea should reduce the intake and monitor their symptoms. Avoid drinking tea otherwise.
- Pregnancy complications – The caffeine in tea can cause complications in pregnancy such as miscarriage and low infant birth weight. It is unclear how safe it is to drink tea while pregnant, but it is recommended to keep it to 1 to 2 cups per day. Pregnant moms that choose to drink herbal tea should avoid taking herbal tea containing black cohosh and licorice as it may induce labour prematurely.
Tea is a healthy drink as it provides health benefits when taken moderately. It is delicious either with sugar, milk, or non-added sweeteners that can be enjoyed by anyone – hot or cold.
While some can take tea 3 – 5 cups per day without showing any drawbacks, some are sensitive even when consuming less.
Tea is a hug in a cup.
Pour a cup of tea today. Experience the intake and observe if there are any negative health impacts after taking tea by finding the right amount and level.
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