Nutrition and DietIs it bad to mix tea with milk?

Is it bad to mix tea with milk?

Mixing tea with milk is a common practice and tradition in many countries. However, did you know that mixing milk with tea is not recommended?

There is no doubt that, for many centuries, tea has long since become one of the most consumed beverages in the world in absolutely all its varieties (green tea, red tea, white tea and black tea), together –of course- with coffee.

In Japan, for example, there is a tradition of drinking a good green tea with every meal, which could become an answer to the question that many scientists ask themselves about why this country stands out for its low mortality in terms of diagnosis of cancer cases are concerned.

As you surely know, among the different properties of tea, and its important nutritional virtues, we find catechins and polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that make teas like white tea a true gift of Nature.

However, in countries there is a tradition of drinking tea with milk, a very widespread practice that, although it does not have to be bad for health, does affect the possible loss of the main nutrients that we find in the tea.

Mixing tea with milk: is it bad?

Surely at some point you have heard the baptized as English tea time, consisting of tea every day at five in the afternoon along with some pastries.

It is a very widespread practice in the UK. Although it is also true that in other countries, such as Morocco, there is also a tendency to drink a delicious black tea with milk.

Although its taste and aroma are simply delicious, many people are unaware that milk, mixed with tea, inhibits the effects of its catechins, which means that most of its important benefits are lost.

This prevents, above all, that when having a good cup of tea with milk, in the end, we are also enjoying its most important properties.

Our advice? Having a cup of tea with milk a day is not bad at all, since it does not produce any negative health effects. However, to really enjoy the virtues of tea, it is advisable to spread the intake of at least two cups of tea throughout the day, for example before breakfast and after each meal.

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