Question: Why do Japanese drink tea with meals?

It is the most consumed beverage in Japan, valued for its health and restorative properties. Drinking green tea 緑茶 is a custom that has been interwoven into Japanese culture, with almost every meal in Japan accompanied by a freshly brewed pot of green tea. It is a way of life and an embodiment of Japanese hospitality.

Is it OK to drink tea with a meal?

Tea leaves are acidic and will affect the digestion process. If you consume protein in the meal, the acid from the tea will harden the protein content, making it difficult to digest. Drinking tea immediately after a meal will also interfere with iron absorption by the body. Avoid tea one hour before and after meals.

Why do Asians drink tea while eating?

Hot water is one of the key medicines in ancient China which is known to combat high body temperature and the common cold. The most popular reason for drinking hot tea or hot water is that the heat kills the bacteria in the water that deems it fit for consumption.

Is it good to drink hot tea with meals?

It is recommended that one should consume foods rich in iron and vitamin C if they wish to drink tea with meals to lower its effects on iron absorption. Hence, drinking tea with meals is not good for patients with iron-deficiency as tannins present in tea hinder the process of iron absorption in the body.

Can I drink tea with empty stomach?

Tea and coffee are acidic in nature and having them on an empty stomach can disrupt the acid-basic balance which can lead to acidity or indigestion. Tea also contains a compound called theophylline which has a dehydrating effect and might cause constipation.

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