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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