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tea «healthier» drink than water

so say researchers and work in the european journal of clinical nutrition. nutrisionists in the uk have found that, contrary to common belief, tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers. they believe flavonoids are the key ingredient in tea that promote health.

clear evidence was found that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack. some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut.

additional health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and, potentially, tooth decay, as well as bone strengthening.

dr carrie ruxton, public health nutritionist at Kings College London, said that drinking tea is actually better for one than drinking water. while water is essentially replacing fluid, tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants. she added that the idea that tea is dehydrating was an urban myth.

there was no evidence that tea consumption was harmful to health. however, research suggests that tea can impair the body's ability to absorb iron from food, meaning people at risk of anaemia should avoid drinking tea around mealtimes.


source: the beeb.