Hundreds—if not thousands—of published studies show that drinking tea is good for your health. Now, a major new study found that drinking tea reduces diabetes risk.
In the study, reported in BMJ Open, researchers in Switzerland analyzed black tea drinking data from 50 countries and looked at chronic disease rates like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world, next to water, and on any given day, about 50% of the US population drinks tea. The vast majority of tea enjoyed in the US is black tea, about 20% of the consumption is from green tea and just a tiny amount is oolong.
Many of my clients believe that green tea provides the most health benefits, but both green and black tea are considered healthy and each provides unique health benefits.
The results found that in countries with the highest rates of people drinking black tea, including the UK and Turkey, rates of diabetes were among the lowest of all the studies studied.
This isn’t the first study that reported that tea might help prevent type 2 diabetes. Tea is rich in a variety of bioactive compounds, including catechins that act as antioxidants. While it’s unclear how black tea may reduce risk for diabetes, several theories exist.
Tea is known to help improve heart health, reduce risk for certain types of cancer, improve bone health and much more. As an avid tea drinker, I’m happy to hear that now we can add the potential of reducing risk for type 2 diabetes as well. Tea has numerous potential up-sides to drinking it and as a calorie-free beverage, there’s no real downsides.
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