For quite some time we have been told that drinking tea dehydrates the body, however nutritional research has found that tea not only rehydrates just as well as water does, but it can also protect against heart disease and some cancers.
Flavonoids, are polyphenol antioxidants which are found in multiple foods and plants including tea leaves and are known to prevent cell damage.
Dr Carrie Ruxton is a public health nutritionist at Kings College London and she and some colleagues were responsible for analysing a number of published studies on the health benefits of tea consumption.
Upon analysing the data they found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea per day can reduce the chances of having a heart attack and some studies indicated that drinking tea can protect against cancer, tooth plaque, tooth decay and can strengthen bone.
Dr Ruxton said: “Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid. Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.”