Ruth Mitchell

?Tea is healthy? ? Tea Council

Good news for tea lovers – your favourite cuppa doesn’t dehydrate and may be more beneficial than drinking water. Scientists have found that tea not only rehydrates as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, principle researcher, said: “There is now overwhelming evidence that drinking tea every day can be beneficial to heart health. Our bodies need antioxidants to help fight off the attack by free radicals and tea provides the most abundant source in the UK diet. We should also consider the positive benefits that drinking tea has on hydrating Britons - many of whom are elderly and don’t drink water.”

Bill Gorman of The Tea Council – who funded the research - commented: “In recent years young women are increasingly drinking tea rather than coffee, although many are shunning tea in favour of water, which they find a chore, rather than something they enjoy. For the good of their health, they should turn back to tea - they’d be a mug not to.”

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