A hot cup of tea soothes the soul, and it just might help reduce your risk of developing diabetes, too.
Researchers in Switzerland found that black tea, specifically,
appears to be linked to lower rates of diabetes. The study supports previous research that found black tea can also reduce heart disease
and high blood glucose levels. The health benefits come from the tea’s
high level of flavanoids, which help to reduce or neutralize free
radicals in the body. It is also believed that the process of fermenting
green tea to turn black may be the reason for black tea’s health
The study looked at 50 different countries and their rates of black
tea consumption, comparing the potential link to different health
ailments, including diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Countries that drink the most black tea are Ireland, the UK and Turkey,
where diabetes rates were found to be significantly lower than in the
countries that had the least black tea consumption, like South Korea,
Brazil, China and Mexico.
Black tea and obesity
Researchers did not find a link between black tea and decreased risk
of the other ailments they were studying, but they did notice that black
tea consumption was also linked to lower levels of obesity.
According to WedMD, black tea–and all teas from the Camellia
sinensis plant (like green and oolong tea)–is also saturated with
polyphenols, antioxidants that help detoxify the body. Many studies have
found a link between green tea and reduced risk of cancer. In fact,
countries that drink the most tea–like Japan–have the lowest rates of
More information on the study can be found in the British Medical Journal.