Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Drink Tea Without Milk to Lose Weight and Choesterol : New Study !!!

Tea please .... Hold the Milk !!!!
Tea lovers can now kill the guilt of sipping an extra cup of tea. Researchers have found that tea helps one reduce weight provided he consumes it without milk. However if tea is taken with milk especially cow milk, than all the benefits are lost. For all those hitting the gym, and undertaking crash diets to lose weight, lay back and sip a hot cup of tea without milk, as a new study claims that drinking tea could help you lose weight, only if you don't add milk to it.
All teas, black, green or red are a rich source of anti oxidants like Theaflavins and Thearubigins which help in weight loss and cholesterol reduction, but these antioxidants in tea which aid in weight-loss are neutralized if milk is added to it. These anti oxidants present in tea reduce the amount of fat absorption in the intestine and can also cut cholesterol.
Tea is one of the good sources of anti oxidants that help one to prevent obesity and lose weight. But in order to reap this beneficial property of tea one should drink it without milk.
Researchers at the Tea Research Association in Assam, India have found that tea is a rich source of antioxidants such as theaflavins and thearubigins that help not only to cut cholesterol but reduce the amount of fat absorbed by our intestines.
But this fat-fighting ability of tea is neutralized if we add milk to it. Dr. Devajit Borthakur, a scientist at the Tea Research Association in Assam said that the benefits are cancelled out by the protein found in milk. He said, “When tea is taken with milk, theaflavins and thearubigins form complexes with the milk protein, which causes them to precipitate. Therefore we neither get the health benefits from these compounds nor from milk. Therefore, it is always advised to take tea without milk.” 
Also a study by scientists in Japan, reveals that extracts from tea leaves inhibit the absorption of fat in the intestines of rats being fed high-fat diet. These rats also had less fat tissue on their bodies and lower fat content in their livers, reports the Journal of Nutrition. Hiroaki Yajima, a scientist with the Kirin Beverage Company in Japan who carried out the Japanese research, said: "Black tea extracts may prevent diet-induced obesity by inhibiting intestinal lipid absorption." Researchers now believe this could explain why people in Britain appear not to benefit from the healthy affects of tea despite being among the world's biggest consumers of the beverage.
The study therefore is an eye-opener to many who can not imagine drinking tea without milk if, of course, they want to cut extra flab from their bulging waist line.  Consumption of black tea becomes important if one wants to lose weight. The health boosting properties of black tea are often disguised by tea lover’s habit of drinking it with milk.
One more reason to drink Tea without milk : Studies have also revealed that a type of protein found in milk called caseins decrease the amount of heart healthy compounds known as catechins that are found in tea.

Other benefits of tea :

 1. Drinking black teas can help to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, as it helps to expand the arteries, which increases blood flow to the heart.
2. Research has shown the black/green tea can be used in the fight against cancer. Properties of the tea slow down the growth of cancerous cells without destroying healthy cells.
3. Tea is also believed to help to delay the aging process. Nowadays there are many anti aging creams and lotions that contain tea extracts to help the skin look younger.

4. Drinking tea such as black and green tea helps to reduce bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol.
5. Tea contains fluoride, which can help to prevent tooth decay by strengthening tooth enamel.Tea also strengthens our bones.
6. For those people with diabetes, drinking tea can help to decrease glucose levels, which can reduce the risk of cataracts, and other conditions brought about by diabetes.
7. Tea builds the body's resistance to infection, especially the ones infused with a variety of herbs. By inhibiting free radicals tea strengthens the immune system providing protection to the organs against infection.

The research suggests that despite more attention being paid to the health benefits of green tea, black tea may have greater health-boosting properties which are masked by the tendency to drink it with milk.

Bottom Line: Tea is a healthy beverage offering many health benefits (if you skip the cream and sugar). Brew your tea for at least 3 - 5 minutes to bring out the beneficial polyphenols. Enjoy the aroma of tea !!!!  


  1. This is very interesting and useful information. Since I love tea, this is useful to me.

  2. I have always been of the firm belief that drinking cow's milk in any manner does not benefit the human body, the only benefit it would have is for baby calves.
    Dairy products are high in fat and cholesterol and have been linked to many diseases including Lactose intolerance because the human body can not digest certain enzymes. Dairy cows are being genetically manipulated to produce more milk, Cows are injected with hormones and antibiotics. Though the claims may be that we derive our calcium through drinking milk, that is not the case when so many other foods are just as beneficial as milk for your calcium intake.
    I fully agree avoid milk in teas and you will remain healthier in the long run.....


  3. Yo soy muy aficionada a tomar té...Tu información es muy interesante. Saludos.

  4. I received an email query from Dev Bhangui on 23.10.2012 .....
    On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 9:51 PM, Dev Bhangui wrote:
    Dear Dr. Yadav,

    Read this post on your blog with lot of interest. Many studies in the UK and Germany have reinforced these findings.
    In the post, you summarize the benefits of drinking black tea as:
    Bottom Line: Tea is a healthy beverage offering many health benefits (if you skip the cream and sugar). Brew your tea for at least 3 - 5 minutes to bring out the beneficial polyphenols. Enjoy the aroma of tea !!!!

    My question is, if we brew black tea for 3-5 min (which I do, but have been using milk so far), without milk and sugar will it not it will taste quite bitter and wont be easily palatable. If the tea is made light (less brewing) like the Iranians and the Arabs do, then perhaps the beneficial polyphenols wont be brought out. any thoughts and tricks to get the tea benefits but not make it a bitter affair?

    one more thing about brewing time. I believe the 3-5 min. you mentioned were applicable for loose leaf tea. However, for tea bags, should the time not be approx a minute, since the tea releases the phenols at a 3-5 times faster rate/minute due to the smaller size and greater exposure area to water per sq.mm?

    Look forward to your response.

    kind regards,

    Dev Bhangui

  5. Thanks Dev for your interesting query. Yeah, the taste will be a bitter to begin with after 3 or 4 minutes of brewing but slowly one can adapt to even that bitter taste. Max. rate of polyphenols release, you are right, is in first 1-2 minutes but some complex phenols are fully released in say about 3 minutes time. Also, If one can't adapt to a much bitter taste than one can easily reduce the amount of tea added to water to suit his/her taste. The strength of the tea should be varied by changing the amount of tea leaves used, not by changing the steeping time.

    The steeping time also depends upon the type of tea being used with some temp. recommendations too.
    Most green teas should be allowed to steep for about two or three minutes, although some types of tea require as much as ten minutes, and others as little as 30 seconds. For black tea the brewing time is a bit more & nears to 3-5 minutes. The amount of tea to be used per amount of water differs from tea to tea, but one basic recipe may be one slightly heaped teaspoon of tea (about 5 ml) for each teacup of water (200–240 ml) (7–8 oz).
    The best temperature for brewing tea depends on its type. Teas that have little or no oxidation period, such as a green or white tea, are best brewed at lower temperatures, between 65 and 85 °C (149 and 185 °F), while teas with longer oxidation periods (black tea) should be brewed at higher temperatures around 100 °C (212 °F). The higher temperatures are required to extract the large, complex, flavorful phenolic molecules found in fermented or black tea. In addition, boiling reduces the dissolved oxygen content of water. Dissolved oxygen would otherwise react with phenolic molecules to turn them brown and reduce their potency as antioxidants. To preserve the antioxidant potency, especially for green and white teas brewed at a lower temperature, water should be boiled vigorously to boil off any dissolved oxygen and then allowed to cool to the appropriate temperature before adding to the tea. An additional health benefit of boiling water before brewing tea is the sterilization of the water and reduction of any dissolved chemicals which are often harmful.

    Recommended Brewing Timings ....
    Name of Tea ... Country ... Type ...Brewing Time
    Gunpowder ...China ...Green ... 3-4 minutes
    Jasmine ... China ... Green ... 2-3 minutes
    Oolong ... Taiwan ...Oolong ...5-7 minutes
    Lapsang ...China ... Black ... 4-5 minutes
    Sencha ... Japan ... Green ... 2-2 1/2 minutes
    Genmaicha ... Japan ... Green ... 3-4 minutes
    Darjeeling ... India ... Black ...3-4 minutes
    Assam ... India ... Black ... 3-4 minutes
    CeylonUva ... Sri Lanka ... Black ... 3 minutes
    CeylonDimbula ... Sri Lanka ... Black ... 3-4 minutes
    Kenya ... Kenya ... Black ... 3-4 minutes

    In some parts of the country the tap water is chlorinated strongly and this can affect the taste of the tea, if you are based in such an area consider using a water filter.

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