21 May 2007

Tea anyone?

It had to happen...

I have always been a big believer in the powers of H2O and constantly bang on to my wife about the need to hydrate all the time. Regardless of the tiny risk of water intoxication (I can't believe anyone would be silly enough to achieve death through voluntarily drinking excess fluid...) water must be good for you!

With this in mind, I was interested to note that tea is now 'healthier' to drink than water! Below is an extract and you can see the full BBC article here.

"Public health nutritionist Dr Carrie Ruxton, and colleagues at Kings College London, looked at published studies on the health effects of tea consumption.
They found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack. Some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut. Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening. Dr Ruxton said: "Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it's got two things going for it."

I have always assumed that anything that is not 100% water must surely consume some water to break it down once ingested - am I wrong in my school boy science? Well I thought I was until I scrolled down to the bottom of the article and saw the following :-

"The Tea Council provided funding for the work. Dr Ruxton stressed that the work was independent. "

What a surprise....


Celeste said...

I think tea is good for you also. I drink green tea and regular tea. I prefer it hot. I use splenda for sweetner.