More Harm than Good: 4 Categories of People Who Should not Drink Black Tea

Meeting for a cup of tea with friends or acquaintances is a good tradition that has become a fixture in the lives of many of us. In most cases, we are sure that this drink is also beneficial to our health, as tea has healing properties and a positive effect on the body.

Tea is indeed good for us, but there are categories of people for whom it is either contraindicated or allowed only in small quantities. So, let’s find out who can be harmed by black tea.

People with gastrointestinal and liver diseases

Tea is undesirable for people who have problems with the gastrointestinal tract. This drink increases the secretion of gastric juice, and if you have had stomach pains, they can worsen.

In many cases of gastrointestinal problems, it is a black tea that you should beware of. Green tea can be better tolerated. However, if the problems with the stomach and other gastrointestinal organs are serious, green tea can also be harmful.

People with stomach ulcers and high acidity should be especially careful with tea. If you have such problems, you should limit the amount of drink you drink.

Hypertensive patients

Tea contains caffeine. Although it does not contain as much as coffee, drinking tea in large doses can increase the concentration of caffeine that enters your body. As a result, this will lead to nervous system excitement, affect the cardiovascular system, and can increase blood pressure. Therefore, people with hypertension should be more careful about drinking tea, especially black tea.

In general, up to 400 mg of caffeine per day is considered the norm for adults. One 250 ml cup of black tea contains from 15 to 70 mg of caffeine – this amount varies depending on the type of tea, the duration of brewing, etc. One cup of green tea contains 25 to 45 mg of caffeine.

For people taking certain medications

Tea, like coffee, can interact with various medications, enhance or weaken their effect, and cause side effects. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor who prescribes certain medications to see if they are compatible with drinking coffee, black and other types of tea.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women

Here again, caffeine is to blame. It can excite the nervous system, and cause insomnia, headaches, etc. That’s why it is not recommended to drink black and all other types of tea during pregnancy.

In any case, it is better to consult your doctor about whether you should stop drinking black tea or simply limit its amount. It is he who, knowing the exact state of your health, will be able to answer whether you can drink black tea and what consequences it will have.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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