India is a country, where most of the people’s day start with either tea or coffee and its consumption continues to multiple times a day, depending on personal preferences. Drinking tea or coffee on a daily basis is normal, however the quantity, frequency and when it is consumed plays an important role in our health.
Consumption of 1-2 cups of Tea/ Coffee on a daily basis is safe for our health, but the size of tea cup/ coffee mug may vary and so it is very important to know the exact quantity which is safer to be consumed.1 cup = 150ml and so consumption of 150-300ml i.e. 1-2 cups of these beverages on a daily basis is safely recommended, however consuming more than the recommended quantity can badly affect our health.
People who have the tendency of having tea/ coffee multiple times a day, can use smaller cups or can consume half cup at a time.
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Tea and coffee has chemical compounds in them, namely tannins and caffeine. These two compounds have the ability to decrease the absorption of some of the nutrients like Iron, Calcium, Magnesium and B complex vitamins. So when tea/coffee is consumed along with meals, the tannins and caffeine present in them binds with these nutrients and inhibits their absorption leading to severe nutrient deficiency diseases like anaemia, osteoporosis and many more.
The best time to consume these beverages is either early in the morning, mid-morning or evening and not with the meals. Keeping a gap of at least 1 hour before or after meals is recommended for better absorption of nutrients.
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