Wednesday October 10, 2007 | 19 comments
Relatively new as I am to the wide world of tea, I have been amazed by the amount of information out there: dozens of websites, blogs, articles, each of them making this or that claim of the benefits of drinking tea. This praise transcends the color lines of green, white, and black – except to say that, so far, green tea has been the most researched and hence is considered the best of a very good lot. The history of anecdotal health benefit is staggering. Recently, I read that a researcher declined to make any sort of a claim in favor of drinking green tea, beyond stating, “If you are a mouse, you should drink green tea.” Why so timid, and covert? With all the studies out there, conducted all over the world, (many of them referenced in this blog), you would think the FDA would approve.
Finally, someone has put into words what at least part of the problem is, in an excellent article by Nadine Taylor, MS., R.D. Studies have conclusively proven that green tea has a marked benefit for cardiovascular health: just five cups a day. The problem is that the tea company submitting the petition to the FDA wanted to claim that just five ounces per day provided the benefits.
The FDA does not like partial truth and neither should we. The truth of the matter – five cups a day – certainly is not a burden for those of us who love tea. Green tea of high quality, properly prepared, has proven to be a huge hit at the large rural high school where I work. Why do you suppose the petitioners felt it necessary to report partial truth, thus compromising the validity of the research?