Chiya Piu na!? Is the classic way of welcoming guest in Nepali home. There can hardly be any Nepali who have not drunk tea in their life. Most of us like sipping on milk tea because of the flavor or just out of habit. Initially, people started added dairy so as to reduce the bitterness of the tea; however, the addition turned into a habit and ended up becoming an addiction for most.

Fact: Tea is considered the oldest beverage. Human beings have been brewing beverages made from tea leaves for nearly 5,000 years. Tea has a unique flavor, taste, and aroma. Recognizing the benefits of tea, it has been spread all over the world, and now in more than 35 countries with tropical and subtropical climate tea is grown. Nepal offers a suitable climate, soil, and topography for profitable production of the orthodox tea having exceptional flavor, aroma, and taste.

If you are a tea lover, you would be judging me for asking this question, should we be adding milk to your Tea? After all not is as comforting as ek cup mittho tato chiya. As per many health experts, one shouldn’t start their day with a cup of milk tea, as it brings acidity. While adding milk to your tea may look like the perfect option for you, it may just be unhealthy. Adding milk to tea may not have severe reactions, but it may hamper your system. Tea has potent antioxidants catechins and Epicatechins, but adding milk cuts down the amount of these antioxidants making this otherwise healthy drink a source of inflammation and acidity. Also, adding sugar makes it even worse. While milk increases the acidic content of the tea, it is even more important to not start your day with a cup of tea. The first thing that is prepared in any Nepali kitchen is TEA. But is it really good?

Let’s start with an interesting fact: all types of tea, be it green or black, comes from the same plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference only lies in processing and oxidation. Tea without milk can be very beneficial, here is why?

  • Constipation: A chemical called theophylline in tea can help detoxify your body. However, adding milk to it reverse the fact leads to dehydration. Therefore, consumption of too much tea or adding milk to a tea causes excessive constipation.
  • Harmful for skin: Drinking too much tea can cause skin problems. Pimples are a major side effect of drinking milk tea. Excess intake of tea can generate excessive heat and cause an imbalance in body chemicals which causes pimples and other skin problems. 
  • Acidity/ Gas: Adding milk to tea can also make the situation dangerous because milk and caffeine work to increase gas production and also causes acidity. Too much milk tea can cause flatulence. Also, it can cause iron and zinc deficiency.  
  • Insomnia: Milk tea can also disrupt your mental health. It increases anxiety, tension, and restlessness. Sleep sickness is considered one of the most common side effects of milk and sugar tea. 

To add or not add milk to your tea? We aren’t stopping you from drink tea the way you like it; however, it is always good to check for any health problem it may be causing you. Minimize the number of cups you are having per day; instead, try other variants of tea. Other than that, it is good to try distinct variants of tea and enjoy its numerous flavors. It may be difficult for you to change the taste, but it will be worth trying. 

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