Many people like adding milk to tea. Too much tea with milk does harm to health. Learn the facts and drink modestly. Change beverages, if necessary.
1. Black tea (or red tea for Asian saying) is commonly used in tea with milk. It is a post-fermented tea and the caffeine level is three times of green tea’s. Drinking too much may affect sleep.
2. People often like adding two teaspoons of sugar to make the tea with milk taste better. This addition counts 30% of the daily maximum allowance of sugar intake.
3. If evaporated milk is used, the percentage of fat is higher.
4. For people who are not growing up with a regular use of dairy products, their bodies may be weak in or totally fail in decomposing lactose. The lactose in tea with milk can induce diarrhea.
5. Caffeine in tea together with lactose in milk will stimulate the secretion of hydrochloric acid in gastric juice and weaken the stomach if your organ cannot handle the extra secretion properly.
6. Oxalic acid in black tea together with the calcium in evaporated milk may bring forth calculus.
7. Tannins in tea will hinder the intake of iron. Drinking milk tea for every meal may lead to anemia in the long run.
The facts reveal several potential dangers. It is important to avoid addiction. Many people are unguarded to the beverages in every meal. The loyalty to tea with milk simply engages them in chronic overdrinking. Their health is at a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, calculus and anemia.
Start with the beverage for every meal to avoid overdrinking. Choose some other drinks instead. Vegetable and fruit juices are good options. Water will be the best.
Try to have a longer interval between two separate drinks -- tea and milk. This prevents the beverages from mixing up in your stomach to do harm.
For those who are not used to drink milk tea, one cup may be enough to make you unease. Stop drinking if you have any of the following symptoms.
a. Rapider heart beat
c. Lose appetite
d. Stomach bloating
Fans may drink several cups in a day without suffering from any of these symptoms. However, this does not mean that they are free from the risks.
For the sake of your health, make good reference to the facts and always drink tea with milk modestly.
Reference: A piece of news from Ming Pao reporting an experiment done by a TV broadcast station on drinking a lot of tea with milk, dated September 8, 2011.
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