Drinking tea

Discussion in 'Cookery' started by REMEbrat, Mar 5, 2009.

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  1. What is it that gives tea it's diuretic property? Is it the caffeine or some other part of the tea leaf?
  2. Bogtejebo

    Bogtejebo Crow

    It doesnt have a diuretic quality unless you drink 5 - 6 cups a day. And that, my spanner weilding taffy friend, is the power of google. Ah thanking you.
  3. milsum

    milsum Crow

    Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulants make you pee by way of increased metabolism, blood pressure and general CNS function, including diuretic output.
  4. Mind you, 5-6 cups of water will make you want to pee also!

    T C
  5. Bogtejebo

    Bogtejebo Crow

    Im in the same cycle with other people's tea.
  6. slopsjon

    slopsjon Old-Salt

    Nothing wrong with that, it's proper Army Tea. At least that's the way my Mother described it when she had a cup years ago.
  7. Or curry.

    I am drinking tea now, at home, Tesco finest breakfast variety. Nice..
  8. unemployable

    unemployable Old-Salt

    Just got through 2 half pints of PG tips.
  9. Bogtejebo

    Bogtejebo Crow

    So has the cookery thread turned into the new naafi?
  10. western

    western Crow

    OK, I drink decaffinated and still p1ss buckets.
  11. milsum

    milsum Crow

    Decaff has up to 20-25% of the caffeine of normal coffee/tea. But if you drink any fluid in any volume, you will probably p!ss it out. Unless there's something wrong with you :?
  12. slopsjon

    slopsjon Old-Salt

    Tea does not count towards your fluid intake because it is a diuretic

    Despite misleading advice that continues to be handed out, such as on certain British airlines where tea is mentioned as a drink to avoid for its diuretic properties that will “cause the body to lose even more water than normal,” tea is in fact perfectly fine to drink in an environment where dehydration is of concern. As Astill points out, this information is based on the supposition that you will lose more fluid than you take in, whereas in fact diuresis occurs only after a caffeine dose of over 250mg. A cup of tea contains somewhere around 50mg, therefore drinking five cups of black tea “can make a significant contribution to the target intake of 35ml of fluid/kg of bodyweight,” according to Astill.

    Source Tea and Coffee .net
  13. western

    western Crow

    Just my age
  14. IvyGrad

    IvyGrad Old-Salt

    Could also have to do with tannins in black tea.

  15. milsum

    milsum Crow

    Sparkling fluids can have a shorter residence time in the gut - is certainly the case for alcoholic drinks. Not sure it would be appreciable though for a can of sparkling water. Water is water! Although sparkling water is more acidic [carbonic acid] and if you only drink it you'd be more likely to get tummy ache than dehydrated.