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Hello Everyone. Okay, I've read the debates about milk vs no milk for tea. Apologies to anyone this might offend, but I simply can't drink my tea without milk. And I heard something the other day that disturbed me greatly! Someone told me that she heard on the news that putting milk in tea destroys much of the antioxidant benefit. I nearly cried! Has anyone else heard that or seen any research on the subject??
(Don't make me cry, PLEASE!)
No reason to cry.
Addition of milk does not alter the antioxidant activity of black tea.
I suspect your source confused the nature of the benefits from tea. Recent research seemed to indicate that Heart benefits might be lowered. I can't find the actual research but the BBC's coverage is here
Other health effects seem uneffected.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I feel so much better now...especially as I get ready to have my first cup of tea this morning. WITH MILK!!
Thanks, reading_fox. This all comes out a bit better for me than coloradoreader, as I drink tea from passionate love and only sometimes with milk. :) - I.e., any health benefit from it is icing on my cake. Most of the time, I get the full, milk-free cake. While the cardiac benefits are especially welcome, for me, as long as milk doesn't obviate all of tea's goodness, I won't worry about lessening it a bit, now and then.
>#4 'heart benefits might be lowered.'
A small study on this aspect was published recently:
Even if adding milk reduces some of the health benefits of tea, the milk itself contains great stuff such as calcium and vitamins. A trade-off I'm quite willing to make! (I can always get my antioxidants from dark chocolate - mwahaha!)
if tea is good for one, well, then all the better.
but whatever it's health benefits, i KNOW it is good for my mental health. when i am upset, nothing is as comforting as a nice cup of tea. when i am tired, nothing is as boosting. a cup with friends...a cup alone...all good.
and yes, with milk.
Agreed. (Much as I can like tea without.) And it's the least bothersome substance for that I can think of - cheap enough, not addictive unless you have too much (caffeine), and mild if it is; full of good substances and likely to promote, not lose you, your health.
I seem to recall an article about the Brits & the Japanese, who apparently drink comparable amounts of tea. The Japanese eschew cream, while the Brits use quite a bit with their tea. The study was about the much higher incidence of stomach cancers among the Japanese and whether adding cream conferred some sort of protective benefit on the Brits who have a much lower rate of that problem. Anyone know the science behind this?
>12 varielle..... Do the English (and/or other Brits) really put cream in their tea?
Perhaps it's just milk, but I have no idea. My only personal experience with Brits and tea had them slinging around heavy English cream which is so thick it nearly requires a trowel.
Thanks varielle.... Did the 'trowel' cream come with freshly baked scones and strawberry or raspberry jam?
Milk is thought to decrease risk of stomach cancer (along with vit C. and fresh fruit and veg).
The Japanese traditionally also consume lots of salty, pickled or smoked foods - which are thought to increase risk.
I'm currently reading a lovely book by a British food writer named Michael Smith called "The Afternoon Tea Book." One of the chapters is called "Milk, Cream, Lemon or 'Black'?"
Most times I put nothing in my tea, but sometimes I do crave a little skim milk in my tea, and when I have a cold I put lemon and honey in my tea.
Just enjoy your beverage any way you like it and don't sweat the small stuff! :)
No, I don't think so; I like books about tea, not so much books about food/cooking. Has anyone else read others of his books?
#22/sc: Another lovely book about tea: "The Charms of Tea: Reminiscences and Recipes" published by the people who used to put out VICTORIA magazine.
Many years ago while teaching in Japan, a student gifted me with a box of black tea brought back from his travels to India. Unhappily, I was careless and simply emptied the tea into a container and trashed the box - paying no mind to its name or origins. That tea was beyond compare to any other - green, oolong, or black that I have ever tried since. Wherever I am in my travels, I try to find a similar black tea but always without success. Any similar experiences?
I became lactose intolerant and have been pleasantly pleased by how well I've adjusted to different things without milk or cheese. I use soy milk or lactose-free milk coffee, but I have been going without in tea. More recently, I've stopped adding sweetener to tea.
Right now, I am trying Twinnings' Oolong tea for the first time and quite enjoying it. I've been enjoying Asian tea with Vietnamese pho when I go out for dinner, usually twice a week, and have been craving that tea the rest of the week. I think this Oolong might do the trick.
I've always understood that the concept of 'cream' in tea was a US concept, probably a simple mistake originally, which started an unfortunate practice which may well have put people off tea for ever!
I was once told a credible anecdote by someone who once worked as waitress in a cafe serving 'Cream Teas', a phenomenon very common in the south-west of England: Cornwall, Devon and Dorset. As most people know this treat normally comprises a pot of tea along with a traditional English scone, intended to be sliced open and thickly spread with thick clotted cream and jam (traditionally strawberry or raspberry).
Some rather loud Americans arrived, loudly disturbing the genteel tranquillity of the cafe, whose atmosphere untill then had been one of quiet confidences and the tinkling of teaspoons in fine china. The transatlantic guests ordered cream teas, and the cafe staff looked on as their guests proceeded to spoon substantial gobs of clotted cream into their tea, creating an unholy mess that was suitable for nothing decent on this planet.
One might assume that the staff could have prevented this disaster by rapid intervention, but perhaps because they resented the noisy attitude of their guests they failed to do so.
I am confident that this occurrence actually happened, possibly more than once. If any of the unfortunate guests concerned should happen to be reading this post, might I apologise on behalf of Her Britannic Majesty for any embarrassment of offence they experienced at the time.
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