Tea and Health
Taken without milk or sugar, tea contains no calories, making tea a healthy alternative to most soft drinks and beverages.
There have been many claims relating to the adverse effect of caffeine within both tea and coffee. The average cup of tea contains approximately half the amount of caffeine when compared to coffee, approximately 33mg caffeine per average (190ml) teacup.
There is a long held belief that caffeinated drinks such as tea are diuretic and have a negative effect on hydration, potentially promoting dehydration in the drinker. Tea consumption does not produce a diuretic effect unless the amount of tea consumed at one sitting contains more than 300mg of caffeine. This is equivalent to six or seven cups of tea at one sitting. As tea is 99% water it can make a contribution to daily fluid requirements.
There is increasing evidence that tea has many additional health benefits and the ongoing research will soon provide conclusive facts to support these health claims.
For further information, visit www.tea.co.uk/tea-4-health .
In the meantime, we can seek comfort in the words of William Gladstone (British Statesman 1809 – 1898) ~ „If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” ~ Whilst not to be considered as medical evidence, it does reflect how tea brings a sense of health and well-being to us all.