This post was first published November 1, 2007 and generated almost two dozen reader comments.  Seven years later, we’re still hearing many folks repeat the same misperceptions about tea, often citing one or more of these as an objection to drinking tea.  The intrepid staff at T Ching re-visited the research literature for newer evidence, and again – rather than just tell you it’s so – you can follow the links to read and decide for yourself.

Misperception #1: Tea leads to dehydration. Truth be known, tea does not dehydrate.

Misperception #2: Tea contains a lot of caffeine. Compared to what? See for yourself how it compares to coffee. Look here if you are wondering about soft drinks.

Misperception #3: Tea is bitter. Not if it is brewed correctly. Directions for a delicious cup of tea can be found here.

Misperception #4: Tea makes you anemic. This is a confusing issue due to a lot of contradictory research over the years. The link below is Dr. Oz’s comment on the issue -citing research studies – which gives a clear explanation for all of the confusion. As a result, people who drink tea only occasionally should avoid drinking tea only during meals (milk too for that matter), but regular tea drinkers don’t need to worry. It appears that regular tea drinkers develop larger parotid glands (saliva) which release more PRPs (Proline Rich Proteins) which binds with the tannins creating a PRP/tannin complex that is eliminated from the body without any effect on iron. Read it and drink! Pretty cool, huh! kid playing soccer

Misperception #5: Tea is bad for children. Misperceptions 1, 2, and 4 led to this misperception. Turns out that green and white teas have a lot to offer growing children.  Learn the truth. 

Keep drinking the good stuff!

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