If you like tea, you probably drink it for pleasure, not for its health benefits. More than two billion people in the world drink tea. Many acquired a habit to add a bit of milk to their regular cup of tea. It is a matter of taste, but scientists now say that that drop of milk can completely negate all the benefits tea can have on our health. How is that possible?

What is in tea?

While many people drink tea because it is pleasant, soothing drink, tea has many health benefits, which were known to ancient cultures like Chinese and Indians.

Tea has many active ingredients that affect our health. It is particularly rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It is found to improve our immune system, to control blood sugar levels, reduce damage to cells and prevent cardiovascular diseases.

But, if you add milk to your tea, its beneficial effects on your vascular system go away.

How milk affects tea?

In a small study conducted on 16 healthy women, scientists compared the effects of tea on their vascular system, with tea, water and tea with milk. They found that tea relaxes blood vessels (improves flow-mediated dilation), but tea with milk does not.

Researchers believe that the most likely explanation is that the caseins, proteins found in milk, form complexes with catechins in tea, its most important flavonoids.

Interestingly, they found that proteins in soy milk have the same effect.

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What can we do?

Thinks should not be as bad as scientists found, or those two billions of tea drinkers would have noticed by now. Strong black tea with milk and sugar is universal cure for all problems among English. Indians sell very strong tea with condensed milk on street corners, as a ” ˜pick-me-up.”  But, if you do not want to spoil the benefits of your tea, try drinking it with honey and lemon, like Russians and other Slavic peoples. Or drink green tea neat, with nothing added, like so many Chinese and Japanese.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to follow all scientific advice when it comes to food and health. Sometimes, we just have to go with our instincts. If you find a cup of tea with a few drops of milk soothing and relaxing, it will probably offer you more benefits than those few drops of milk will take away.


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34 thoughts on “Milk In Your Tea? Not A Good Idea

  1. Paula

    Why is it that when I drink black tea without milk I feel nauseous? But with a bit of milk it does the opposite, it can soothe or take away nausea altogether.

    1. Mayur

      Same with me.

    2. Chris

      It’s the tannins in the tea itself that promulgates a reaction on the stomach making you feel nauses, the same will probably occur with green tea if consumed early morning without eating breakfast!

  2. Heidi

    And how much milk was added in this study?

  3. Nomair

    any reffrence of the study conducted..name ,date place?

  4. Sandra Sebastian

    I drink 3 cups of MILK TEA daily ….. is it dangerous for health ?????

    1. Achyutangshu Bagchi

      I drink tea twice a day with milk .I am a diabetic patient.Is it harmful for me.

    2. DR. no nothing

      Yes, you may turn into a calf.

    3. Niki

      I don’t know if it’s dangerous,but if you are putting milk into your tea just for sweetness,I can tell you something that you could do without worries.Let your tea to cold a bit and then add a small spoon of honey,then mix,and you are ready to drink your sweet tea!

    4. Sam

      Adding milk to your tea actually creates an insulin spike. Milk itself isn’t high on the glycemic index, but it IS high on the insulin index.

      Anything in moderation I guess :)

      I drink milky tea all the time, but when I go on a fast, I avoid it as it can bring you out of a fast.

      check out intensive dietary management for all info regarding fat loss, diabetes and more.

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  5. Mamta

    Nice I for shared!

  6. Swapnil S Kashikar

    Mentql satisfaction is a big role to play here. People just can’t change in a blink. And i personally been drinking tea with milk or milk tea per say,for over 27yrs now. I just can’t imagine tea without milk :) . Apna chai tapri zindabaad :D

  7. smita patil

    Green tea or black tea with heany or lemon is good idea, it prevents acidity

    1. Niki

      No,you can put honey in all kinds of tea,but only if you let it to cold a little bit..the lemon is ok

  8. rashmi

    Drinking milk tea makes our body weak and restless is it so?

  9. ron

    if milk is good so as tea, the combination must be better.

    1. Niki

      I was thinking the same thing but everybody says that this is not true :/

  10. Daniele

    I drink mine with almond milk, which has but 1 gram of protein per cup (so a splash has a very low amount).
    How does this effect the benefits of my tea?

  11. Ntombie

    I enjoy drinking tea with both powder milk and fresh milk its helps me relax especially if I’m undergoing stress it helps me to come down. And helps me think clearly. I thank you

  12. ShameenAk

    now onwards I will only drink black tea with out milk

  13. krishna

    Suffering from cold headache from last 3 weeks doctor suggesting 3,4 days medicines after finushing the course very 2nd day its affecting again i dont know wt to do pla suggest something

  14. Medea McEvoy

    Is almond milk ok ? not really milk

  15. Jim

    It would be helpful if you quoted your source so we could check it out ourselves.

  16. Romeo dey.

    I am taking milk tea last 30 year no problem I enjoy but don’t. Take it in empty stomach. Romeo

  17. Julie

    This was a study of SIXTEEN PEOPLE, that’s not conclusive at all. If it makes you happier mentally to drink it with milk that enjoyment alone is worth the happy hormones you are creating.

  18. Casey

    Is drinking green tea with almond milk bad? Because I drink sometimes 4 cups of it a day and it tastes good. Not sure of whether it’s bad for me or not though.

  19. FV

    How can we conclude anything in a study with only 16 women?

  20. Xenia

    I regret reading this article, because as of now, I feel bad about drinking milk tea, ohohwnoooo!

  21. Prakriti Singh

    Can milk tea darken our lips?

  22. Ashutosh Mahajan

    Milk is a Nature’s great gift for human. Herbs added to herbal tea reacts very positively with milk. Many Bioflavonoids, Alkaloids, Glycosides and other Phytonutrients requires sugar for their digestion and transportation to the required site in our body. And Galactose is the most preferred sugar for these phytochemicals. Hence milk is very beneficial in herbal tea. As far as vitamins and minerals concerned, artificially prepared Vitamins and Minerals added to milk cannot be absorbed in our body efficiently whereas natural vitamins and minerals are binded with catalyst in their natural form which do not get affected by milk hence gets better absorbed through our intestines.

  23. Kgalalelo

    I drink three full mugs of joko black tea each day without milk and sugar I like it and simply enjoy it plain is this healthy

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