Drinking cups of tea can help prevent type-2 diabetes, according to a growing body of scientific research.
A new study from researchers in the US found that black tea inhibits the body from absorbing glucose sugars, too much of which can cause type-2 diabetes.
The researchers, who brewed the tea under laboratory conditions, said tea could help control diabetes in humans.
“Our findings suggest that black tea and black tea pomace has potential for carbohydrate hydrolyzing enzyme inhibition and this activity depends on high molecular weight phenolic compounds,” the authors of the paper wrote.
The research, which was conducted by researchers at Framingham State University in the United States, builds on work done by Japanese scientists two decades earlier.
A 1995 study from the Hokkaido Pharmaceutical University School of Pharmacy found that black tea has what scientists call “anti-hyperglycaemic effects”.
14 best afternoon teas
14 best afternoon teas
1/3 The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny, Wales
This has a reputation for serving the best Afternoon Tea in Wales and it has awards to prove it. It’s served by the roaring fire in the cosy but elegant Wedgewood Room, where you can enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea with a choice of 40 different teas and a choice of three sparkling wines and champagne, available by the glass or bottle. From £21.80 per person www.angelabergavenny.com/dining
2/3 Hotel du Vin, Birmingham
At one time, this ornate Victorian red brick building was the Birmingham Eye Hospital, making it a distinctive location for the Hotel du Vin chain's largest hotel. Located in the newly revitalised Jewellery Quarter, the award winning bar is a relaxing haven from the hustle and bustle of the city and the Afternoon Tea is utterly divine. Opt for the G&T tea if you can. It’s quirky and delicious. From £15.50 per person https://www.hotelduvin.com/locations/birmingham/bistro/
3/3 Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire
Cliveden House is being refurbished bit by bit and the great hall is next on the list, providing a truly magnificent setting for this Cliveden’s highly popular Afternoon Tea. The three tiered selection includes fine finger sandwiches, warm scones, miniature cakes and pastries and the famous Cliveden fruit cake and Cliveden-blend tea. Add a nice kick with the Cliveden ’66 cocktail or opt for their chocolate-themed tea. You can also enjoy valet parking and a stroll around the National Trust gardens afterwards. From £35.00 per person http://www.clivedenhouse.co.uk/restaurant/afternoon-tea/afternoon_tea_menu_taittinger.aspx
The study found that rats had “significantly” reduced levels of blood glocuse and that black tea could both prevent and cure rats with diabetes.
“The study reveals that, like green tea, black tea also possesses antidiabetic activity,” the researchers found.
According to NHS statistics there are approximately 3.1 million adults with diabetes in the UK, with the number expected to rise of 4.6 million by 2030.
90 per cent of those suffering from the condition have type 2 diabetes, which is affect by black tea consumption.
Health officials say the increased level in type 2 diabetes is due to increasing level of obesity, a lack of exercise and unhealthy diets.
One study funded by pharmaceutical companies and carried out by the York Health Economic Consortium found that the cost of the direct treatment of diabetes to the NHS would increase from £9.8 billion to £16.9 billion over the next 25 years.