Teaspoon tea is the drink of choice for the tea lovers who want to kick back, get drunk and get some much-needed exercise.
But what about those of us who want a healthier alternative?
Well, that’s a whole other kettle of fish, according to new research by the British tea club and tea party organisation Tea Party UK.
The tea party has become a bit of a catchphrase amongst tea-drinkers and the results of our latest research shows that there’s a real need for more research into tea and its benefits.
The tea party is not a healthful alternative to drinking alcohol, says tea party chairwoman Sara Davies.
“I think we’re all guilty of it.
Drinking alcohol is not healthy and tea can be as bad for you as alcohol,” she says.
Tea Party UK says the main issue with tea is that the drink’s caffeine content is too high.
“The caffeine content of teas is way too high,” Davies says.
“Caffeine in tea is not what you should be drinking, it’s more of a satiating stimulant than a medicinal stimulant.”
“The science isn’t really in favour of tea being as effective as alcohol when it comes to lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides,” Davies adds.
“There’s a lot of evidence that tea is an overindulgent drink and tea drinkers can become dehydrated.”
Davies says the UK’s leading tea parties are an “interesting” alternative to alcohol, which has the same alcohol content as the country’s traditional drinks, such as Guinness and Cola.
“We’re going to continue to see more and more tea parties taking place, even at small events.
We know that tea parties can have a positive impact on our health, particularly when combined with exercise,” she adds.
For those of you who are already drinking tea and want to cut down on the caffeine, Davies suggests you look into tea bags and drinking cups.
“Tea can be a healthy alternative to traditional alcoholic drinks and a great way to cut back on caffeine,” she advises.
“There’s no harm in drinking tea but we’d all do better with a healthier drink that contains less caffeine.”
The research shows the drink is not as effective at lowering blood pressures as drinking alcohol and there’s evidence tea drinkers tend to have higher cholesterol and obesity than non-tea drinkers.
But that doesn’t mean tea drinkers should abandon the drink entirely, Davies says, pointing out that people should also stick to drinking tea at home.
“People need to drink tea, they don’t need to go out and drink at parties,” she said.
“If they’re drinking tea they should drink it as a relaxing drink that doesn´t cause them any problems.”
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