Jan 11, 2007

I share, because I care

My fellow tea drinkers, rejoice:

A surprising study by German scientists has revealed that adding milk to tea stops its ability to dilate blood vessels and give antioxidant benefits, two protective factors for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.

The study is published online in the European Heart Journal and was conducted by a group of scientists from the University of Berlin's Charité Hospital.

The small research study was conducted on 16 healthy women volunteers who drank half a litre of black tea with and without skimmed milk, or just hot water as a control. Before and after drinking their tea or water, the women were examined by ultrasound to measure the dilation of an artery in their arm.

The results showed that the "flow mediated dilation" (FMD) of the artery was significantly improved by black tea, but this effect was completely "blunted" by the additon of milk.
I'll have another cup of China black, please.



(Props to Eliot for the link. My gai wan found here.)

7 comments:

Brian said...

Happily, I drink my tea straight.

Actually, can't stand my tea with milk or cream. Makes me shudder just to thick about it.

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Kvatch said...

You know Mags, I've never been much of a tea drinker, but recently I just started drinking it in the afternoon.

What does it mean? I'm getting old? It's freakin' bloody cold outside? Something. I'm sure there's a blog post in this sometime soon.

I.M. Dedd said...

I like Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee with cream. Guess I'm screwed.

Tom Harper said...

I saw that same story. That must have been a rude awakening for millions of people who've been drinking tea (with milk) and thinking they were getting anti-oxidant benefits. I like tea either way, but still...all those cups of chai that I've drunk, all for nothing.

Anonymous said...

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