Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Tea Is Healthy...Except When It's Not


So there's good news and there's bad news. Which do you want first?

Let's start with the good news. A cup of green tea daily may help prevent gum disease, say a bunch of grant money recipients in Japan. More of that here.

However, according to a group of Iranian researchers, who weighed in with their thoughts recently, drinking steaming hot tea may be linked to an increased risk of cancer of the esophagus.

As always, in such potentially befuddling situations, I encourage you to stop worrying about your gums and esophagus and have a cup of tea.

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2 comments:

Cashmere said...

Anything in excess is bad. All things in moderation will never kill you.

aeondax said...

I heard a report on this on NPR, in which it was said that it was the extremely hot temperature at which the tea was consumed, rather than the tea itself, which caused damage to the lining of the esophagus.