To Milk or not to Milk: Is Black Tea Better for you?
India is a Chai loving country, and there’s no two ways about it. For every cup of coffee brewed, there are 30 cups of tea consumed in India! While there was a time when tea only meant a kadak masala or adrak chai with milk, people are open to experimenting with different kinds of tea now - even the ones without milk!
It has been proven a long time ago that a cup of tea can be an ally to your health, what with its antioxidants, heart-friendly properties and more. However, adding milk can wipe out some of the big benefits of tea! Here are some of the cons of adding milk to your tea.
May reduce the antioxidants
What is all this fuss about antioxidants? Well, antioxidants, as their name suggests, prevent oxidation. In the body, oxidation can result in harmful free radicals that can contribute to aging as well as certain diseases like dementia and diabetes. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals. Tea is full of antioxidants like thearubigins, epicatechins, and catechins. However, the addition of milk to your tea can actually cut down the amount of antioxidants!
Tea is mildly acidic by itself. However, various factors can affect the acidity of your daily cuppa. How long you steep your tea, how diluted your tea is, additions like milk or citrus or honey - all of these can push your tea higher on the pH scale. Adding milk to your tea, especially if you’re lactose intolerant (more coming on this) can cause heartburn and acid reflux.
Remember when you were a kid and your mum would force a whole glass of milk on you? Well, it turns out that while milk is very nutritious, 60% of Indians are lactose-intolerant! A cup of milk tea for a lactose intolerant person could cause stomach ache, bloating, flatulence or even diarrhoea. Doesn’t a cup of black tea sound inviting right about now?
Neutralizes the heart-healthy properties
Scientists say that milk modifies the biological activities of tea ingredients, wiping out their heart-friendly properties. Flavonoids in tea, also called catechins, are thought to be good for the heart. However, a study found that a group of proteins in milk (called caseins) interacted with tea to reduce the concentration of catechins.
Milk tea is higher in calories
Weight loss enthusiasts are big fans of copious cups of green tea for a reason - because it is so low in calories and filling too! However, milk tea means the addition of milk and sugar for taste, which not only reduces the antioxidants, but also the nutritional value of your cuppa.
While milk tea is a habit that can be hard to shake off, there are so many options to change the way you consume your favourite beverage! So, ditch the milk and grab a Brewhouse instead - our Ice Tea has all the antioxidants, all the flavour, all the fun.