A new study published in the journal BMJ Open has found that black tea could help prevent type 2 diabetes. The study authors looked at tea consumption and overall health from 50 different countries. They based their study on market research from tea manufacturers and general health of the countries population.
They found one interesting statistic. In countries with the highest tea consumption, the general population had lower rates of type 2 diabetes. Black tea was drunk with the highest numbers in Ireland with an average of 2.16 kilograms per person per year. The lowest black tea drinking country was South Korea with 0.0007 kilograms per person per year.
One of the authors of the study commented on the findings. Ariel Beresniak stated that, “We observed that, among the five health indications, only the ‘prevalence of diabetes’ indicator appeared to have a strong statistical relationship with black tea consumption.”
Green tea has been thought of as healthier than black tea. Black tea is fermented to darken it and change the flavors. New research has been finding that the health effects are different, but still important. More research needs to be done on the correlation between black tea drinking and type 2 diabetes.
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