EDITORIAL

Tea without milk

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The cup of tea is fast becoming a part of changing lifestyle. While there was a time when people thought that only poor people drank tea without milk, and that it did not speak well of a family if guests are offered tea sans milk, tea without the use of milk is fast becoming the in-thing all over the world. More and more people today prefer black tea over milk tea, while tea is also said to be beginning to replace or take over the place of coffee in many countries of the world. This is good news from various angles. According to a study carried out by some German scientists, adding milk to tea stops its ability to dilate blood vessels and give antioxidant benefits, two very important protective factors for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. The study conducted by conducted by scientists from the University of Berlin’s Charité Hospital on a group of healthy women also revealed 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. According to the Tea Board too, black tea is more widely consumed across the world. India being the largest producer of black tea, the Tea Board considers it necessary to focus attention on black tea with respect to its health promoting attributes. Though there are a wide range of teas available in the market across the globe, many people turn to the classic black tea in order to soothe their mind and soul. There is a lot of scientific evidences that show black tea can make a significant contribution to a healthy lifestyle of an individual. Such impact is more in particular in the areas of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular health and dental hygiene. The Tea Board website particularly provides a list of benefits of drinking black tea. Black tea, it says, is rich in antioxidants such as polyphenols like theaflavins, thearubigins and catechins that can immensely help in preventing various kinds of chronic diseases including cancer. Moreover, it keeps one energized because of the methyl xanthenes present in black tea, while it has polyphenols which help protect our cells and DNA against any damage. Some most recent researches have pointed that antioxidants present in black tea are good for cardiovascular health. Black tea can contribute towards lowering risks of various heart aliments and atherosclerosis or clogging in arteries, while regular consumption of black tea is also good for people suffering from diabetes and high blood cholesterol.