Evidence & Practice
Tea: hydration and other health benefits
Carrie Ruxton is a freelance dietitian who heads consultancy Nutrition Communications based in Cupar, Scotland
There is concern in some health profession literature and the wider media that caffeinated beverages may not support normal hydration. To examine this, a systematic review was carried out to identify intervention trials that tested the impact of tea consumption on validated markers of hydration. The six trials, which mostly involved males, confirmed that tea performed in a similar way to plain water up to intakes of six servings daily. Guidelines for safe consumption of caffeine indicate that a caffeine intake of up to 400mg daily (200mg for a single serving) is safe for adults. Average tea consumption in the UK, at two to three servings daily, fits within this. Given the potential benefits of tea for heart health, dental health and cognitive function, tea consumption could rise to eight servings daily and still remain within safe caffeine limits.
Primary Health Care. doi: 10.7748/phc.2016.e1162Correspondence
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Conflict of interest
This article was funded by the Tea Advisory Panel, which is supported by an educational grant from the industry funded UK Tea & Infusions Association. For further information, see www.teaadvisorypanel.com. The content reflects the opinions of the author.
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Received: 03 May 2016
Accepted: 31 May 2016
Published online: 08 September 2016