Having a cup of tea is practically a national pastime in Australia.
In fact, research shows that 50 per cent of Australians drink at least one cup of tea per week.
And if we’ve learned anything from Big Brother, it’s what happens when people don’t get their fix.
Housemate Angela’s tea obsession has become a fixture of the series.
So is it possible to drink too much tea?
The health benefits
“With black tea, basically it’s got antioxidant support, it’s fantastic for weight-loss, it’s also good for focus, immunity, gut health...lowering our cholesterol, cardiovascular health, as well as lowering our blood glucose levels,” nutritionist Sarah Di Lorenzo told Weekend Sunrise.
But if you’re looking for optimal health benefits, black tea is the key.
Adding milk and sugar can diminish all the health gains you might get from drinking the tea in the first place.
Can you have too much?
While research shows that 50 per cent of Australians drink at least one cup of tea per week, that number soars if you’re over 65.
The data shows seniors drink as many as 11 cups of tea per week.
“The guidelines are 3-5 cups a day,” Di Lorenzo said.
“This is basically referenced on the caffeine component...the average cup of tea can have up to 60mg of caffeine and the recommended daily intake is 400mg.”
It’s important to factor in the caffeine content if you’re also drinking coffee, colas or energy drinks as part of your day as well.
While it doesn’t seem like there would be side effects from drinking too much tea, ingesting too much caffeine can have side effects.
“Things like sleep deprivation, anxiety...it can be things like heartburn, headache, nausea, caffeine dependence and addiction, but also issues with iron absorption.
If you’re obsessed with tea like a certain Big Brother housemate, there are some alternatives you can try which are caffeine-free and low in calories.
“The healthiest option of tea is green tea...it supports brain health, heart health - (and) there are studies to say that it can lower the risk of cancers,” Di Lorenzo said.
“Herbal teas are fantastic...you can get things like peppermint which is great for bloating, camomile which can help with sleep and ginger which is anti-nausea.”