Don't put milk in it!!

United States
June 6, 2007 12:57pm CST
Seems that drinking one's tea 'straight' rather than adding milk increases the health benefits of the tea. Drinking tea imporves the heart and blood vessel's ability to expand and relax, but new research shows when milk is added to the tea, there is no improvement in the blood vessels! Here is a link to the complete summary of the latest research: http://www.theberlinpaper.com/etc/home/43478.html Do you drink tea? Do you add milk? Which type of tea do you drink...black or green?
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@ctrymuziklvr (11060)
• United States
6 Jun 07
The only time I don't put milk in my tea is when I'm at a Chinese restaurant then I will drink it black. For some reason it tastes better. Since I drink to because I enjoy it and not for the health value I think I'm going to keep putting my milk in it.
• United States
6 Jun 07
Actually, I have never tried tea with milk added. I would probably like it with milk added! But since I like it plain, I guess I will stick to plain. I love both black and green tea!
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I read a similar article - I think it was on Web MD - about milk and tea. I briefly skimmed the article and noticed 2 things that were included in the article I read. First was that the article I read said a lot of the benefits have to do with the type of tea you drink black vs green. There have been more studies showing that there are more antioxidants and health benefits from green than black tea - even if you don't add milk. The second thing, is that you can add milk, just not animal milk. You can add soy milk to your tea and be perfectly fine. Personally, I drink my tea with no milk sometimes a bit of sugar or honey. I tend to stay away from black teas unless I am drinking iced tea. I prefer hot green teas and I have a HUGE addiction to starbucks green tea mix (soy milk tastes sooo good with this).
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• United States
7 Jun 07
I drink hot and cold tea. I drink black and green and lots of flavored varieties. I NEVER put in milk, because it adds unnecessary calories. Sometimes I do add splenda.
@camar_lyn (1028)
• Singapore
7 Jun 07
That's true crazynurse, it is the milk that changes the bonds between the chemicals or rather anti-oxidants in tea. That's the reason why for thousands of years, the chinese and japanese have been drinking tea black or green. There are also many different types of tea if you go to a chinese restaurant. some are cooling for the body while others are to invigorate you. My favorite is chrysenthemum tea. - Lyn
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Well, that is too bad then. I prefer my tea with milk in it. I can't stand to drink it without milk at all. But, if it's good for my heart, I guess doing it once in awhile won't hurt at all.
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@tad1fan (3373)
• Canada
10 Jun 07
Thank you for the article....it was interesting!I do drink tea but nt alot due to my high blood pressure....I do add milk but just enough to change the color....I wonder if that counts.....thanks again!
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@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
7 Jun 07
90% of the time, I drink my tea plain. Once in a while, I will put something in it. I drink as much tea as I do coffee now. Sometimes it used to give me heartburn, but not so much anymore. I can't figure out why.
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@villageanne (8554)
• United States
15 Jun 07
I am a Mormon and we do not drink coffee or tea. We do drink herbal tea but I never put milk in it. We never drink black or green tea in our home. In fact we have a variety of herbal teas that we choose from when we want a cup of tea and then of course there is sassafrass tea. YUMMY