Why You Should Not Add Milk to Your Tea

By EverythingForTea.com

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Research shows that adding milk to tea decreases its total antioxidant capacity. Why does this matter?

Because antioxidants, including flavonoids, polyphenols and the valuable catechins and EGCG, are believed responsible for most of the remarkable health benefits of tea.

One study published in 2012 in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dietary proteins, such as those found in milk, reduce the availability of antioxidants in tea. A different study, however, showed that skimmed milk decreased the total antioxidant capacity of the tea significantly more than either whole milk or semi-skimmed milk. This suggests the culprit is the fat in the milk, not its proteins.

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Regardless, adding any type of milk to tea appears to almost totally inhibit its heart- and cancer-protective antioxidants.

Take home message: To get the most health benefit from your tea — better skip the milk.

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One Person has left comments on this post

» R.J. said: { Nov 25, 2014 - 09:11:42 }

How unfortunate that people who always add milk to their tea, like the Brits, may enjoy their hot drink but miss up on its wonderful health benefits. Thanks for sharing this research. I had no clue.

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