Health Watch - Drinks: Tea

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about how what you drink can affect your health. A nice cup of tea may be a good morning pick-me-up or a soothing afternoon ritual. It may also have some health benefits.

Tea is a good source of antioxidants, which can help prevent heart disease and cancer. New research indicates that black tea may also help control blood sugar. People who drank at least two cups of tea a day throughout their lives had a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that the scientific evidence of health benefits from tea is still limited, but all kinds of tea can be part of a healthy diet. However, if you’re fond of super-sweet Southern-style iced tea, you should either learn to drink it with little to no sugar or treat it like any other sugary beverage, something to enjoy in small amounts.

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May 2010


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