Drinking Tea For Weight Loss? STOP adding milk

18 April 2020  |  Ken

Drinking Tea For Weight Loss? Then STOP adding milk

Drinking Tea For Weight Loss? Then STOP adding milk

Using tea for weight loss is well known, due to containing the polyphenols theaflavins and thearubigins, which inhibit the absorption of fat in the gut. These polyphenols help prevent obesity and lower cholesterol while also reducing the levels of fatty acids in the bloodstream. That also equates to less fat tissue on the body and less fat content in the liver. Sounds good, eh?

What is not so well known, is recent research from scientists has discovered that adding milk to your tea, cancels out these effects and neutralises the fat-fighting ability of these polyphenols. 

Adding milk to tea may explain why, despite being among the world's biggest consumers of tea, people in Britain appear not to benefit from the healthy effects of this beverage. Obesity is still rising in the UK, that's why I moved to France... and the fact that the police where chasing me for going through the bins at Buckingham Palace to see which tea the Queen drinks. 


What The Experts Say

A scientist at the Tea Research Association, in Jorhat, India, Dr Devajit Borthakur said: "When tea is taken with milk, theaflavins and thearubigins form complexes with the milk protein, which causes them to precipitate." I know what you're thinking right now..What does that mean? Well...luckily he continued,

"It means that we don't get the health benefit from these compounds nor from milk protein. Therefore, it is always advised to take tea without milk."

Recent studies also reveal that black tea, due to its fermentation process, has higher levels of these fat-fighting compounds compared to green tea, which is not fermented. The research also suggests that despite more attention paid to the health benefits of green tea, black tea may have more significant health-boosting properties, often disguised because of the inclination to drink it with milk.

Also surprisingly, research by Dr Lisa Ryan, a senior lecturer in human nutrition at the Functional Food Centre at Oxford Brookes University, has determined that skimmed milk decreases the levels of these active compounds far more than whole or semi-skimmed milk.

She said: "The fat content of milk seems to be buffering the antioxidants and polyphenols. Molecules called caseins bind to the polyphenols and lead to a decrease in their availability for the body, and in skimmed milk, this happens more."

"Although adding milk does impact on the availability of polyphenols, tea is still a significant source of them."


So the next time you prepare your black tea, consider trying it without milk or try using an alternative like Soya milk or Almond milk. That way, you get to soak up those deliciously healthy and fat reducing properties.


What About You?

Does this revelation shock you? Will it persuade you to try your tea without milk? As always, I hope you find this information useful, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Sharing this with friends and family not only helps me, but it would also make me happy too :)