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Health risks of consuming tea | The Indian Express

Health risks of consuming tea

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Drinking tea on an empty stomach, especially first thing in the morning, might increase acidity and stomach discomfort.

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Because tea contains tannins and phytates, it may prevent the body from absorbing iron, which could result in low iron levels or anaemia.

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Due to theophyllines, drinking tea after a late dinner might interfere with sleep and make it difficult to get a good night's rest.

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Drinking more than one cup of tea a day might lead to low iron levels, sleep difficulties, acidity, and disturbed gut health.

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Leaching of toxins (BPA) from plastic cups when drinking hot tea increases the risk of metabolic disorders and endocrine disruption.

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Dr Dilip Gude, senior consultant physician at Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, advises against consuming tea in plastic cups or plastic-coated disposable cups. He suggests using steel or porcelain cups.

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Adding too much sugar to tea raises the total amount of calories consumed, which raises blood glucose and insulin levels and puts people at risk of several diseases.

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As recommended by Dr Sukrit Singh Sethi, consultant, gastroenterology, hepatology and liver transplantation, Narayana Hospital, Gurugram, sustaining a healthy tea-drinking regimen requires moderation, thoughtful pairing with meals, and selection of appropriate utensils.

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