black tea

  1. Beat diabetes with black tea?

    Blowing some cold air on the new tea study

    Some studies you take with a grain of salt. Others, with a slice of lemon -- like the new one out of Switzerland that supposedly finds black tea can cut your risk of diabetes.

    If it was that easy, the Lipton people would have the world's best-selling "drug" by now.

    Of course, it's not that easy -- and in this case, the study itself is about as valuable as the little inspirational sayings you see on teabag labels. Read it, enjoy it, and share it with your friends as you sip some tea... but don't take it too seriously.

    That's because this study wasn't a clinical trial. It wasn't a comparison of tea and non-drinkers, either.

    All the researchers did here was look at the overall rate of black tea consumption in 50 nations, and found that some of the countries with higher levels of tea consumption -- including Ireland, the UK, and Turkey -- had a lower overall presence of the disease.

    And what does that prove? Exactly nothing.

    Hey, I've got nothing against tea. It's cheap, safe, and has dozens of other potential benefits. There are even some studies -- more legitimate studies -- that show it could help lower the risk of diabetes a tad.

    But if you really want to avoid a lifetime of disease, forget the tea. Eat a diet rich in healthy animal fats and proteins and low in carbohydrates, and your risk will go down to nearly zero.

    If you want to take some tea with your steak and eggs, that's up to you -- but it's entirely optional.

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  2. Ovarian protection that suits to a tea!

    Swedish research suggested that daily consumption of several glasses of tea may have a profound effect on the incidence of ovarian cancer - one of the leading causes of cancer deaths in women. The study involved over 61,000 Swedish women over a period of 15 years. The results:

    Those who drank 2 or more cups of tea every day enjoyed as much as a 46% reduction in their risk of developing ovarian cancer. Drinking less than this amount still helped measurably, but not nearly as dramatically as the 2-cups-and-up crowd.

    Though the research didn't isolate benefits by tea types, most respondents were habitual drinkers of the black tea varieties. However, both black and green teas contain the powerful antioxidant polyphenols thought to slash cancer risk. These compounds are found in tea, wine, coffee, some fruits, chocolate (sugar-free) and other sources. But then, you already knew that if you've been a reader of mine for more than a fortnight.

    Now if only they'd make some garlic tea to drink with overcooked meats, we'd really have something

  3. All-natural wonder drug decreases Parkinson's risk

    According to a study published in The American Journal of Epidemiology, drinking ¾ of a cup of black tea 23 times a month may decrease the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 71 percent.
  4. Singin' the Praises of Coffee

    I know I've been singin' the praises of coffee a lot lately (Daily Doses, 8/19, 9/13, and 12/9/2005), but what can I say…

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