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Avoid milk tea to reduce chances of cancer, coronary artery disease; say ICMR new dietary guidelines 2024

The ICMR researchers advised avoiding tea or coffee for at least an hour before and after meals because they contain tannins, which can reduce iron absorption in the body leading to to anaemia

In its guidelines, the ICMR suggested a moderation in the consumption of milk tea (Wikimedia Commons/Vipul7229)Premium
In its guidelines, the ICMR suggested a moderation in the consumption of milk tea (Wikimedia Commons/Vipul7229)

Indians love to drink tea or coffee, as the two beloved beverages are deeply woven into our culture. But is this healthy? Recently, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in partnership with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), released dietary guidelines for healthy living.

In one of the guidelines, the medical apex body suggested a moderation in consumption of the two beloved beverages to encourage healthier eating habits across the country.

The ICMR warned against the excessive intake of tea and coffee and advised people against having them right before or after a meal.

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The ICMR researchers said, "Tea and coffee contain caffeine, which stimulates the central nervous system and induces physiological dependence."

While not asking people to avoid tea or coffee completely, the researchers cautioned against the caffeine content in these beverages.

"Moderation in tea and coffee consumption is advised so that caffeine intake does not exceed the tolerable limits (300mg/day)," the researchers said.

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It is important to note that a cup of brewed coffee contains 80–120mg of caffeine, instant coffee contains 50–65mg, and tea contains 30–65mg.

The ICMR researchers advised avoiding tea or coffee for at least an hour before and after meals because they contain tannins, which can reduce iron absorption in the body.

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The researchers said tannins tie to iron in the stomach, making it harder for the body to absorb iron properly. This may lead to iron deficiency and health problems like anaemia. 

Tea without milk

They further said excessive coffee consumption can also cause high blood pressure and cardiac irregularities.

The ICMR guidelines also suggested drinking tea without milk, as it has various benefits, such as improved blood circulation and a reduced risk of conditions like coronary artery disease and stomach cancer. 

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Published: 14 May 2024, 07:10 PM IST
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