I happen to oversee a lot of discussion about Milk and milk tea for diabetics in our whatsapp group. There is always a dispute
Today's topic is "Can Diabetics Drink Milk Tea? " problem is there is no straight answer to this. So I will break down the topic into few small topics.
Survey results of Can Diabetics drink Milk Tea?
I have conducted a survey, This question was sent to our email subscribers asking for their opinion on Milk Tea for Diabetics, They have responded as shown below. The chart below indicates that - Approximately 50% of the diabetics think it is safe to drink milk tea without sugar
17.7% said, Diabetics should drink milk tea only occasionally.
11.3% said Diabetics should never drink milk tea.
13% said, yes but should not drink more than 2 cups a day
11.3% said, yes Diabetics can drink milk tea.
45.2% said yes, but should not add sugar.
Is Milk in India good for Diabetics?
First thing to understand is that the Cows which are of Indian Breed contain A2 protein.
A1 Protein is more in Cows which are imported from other developed countries where There alot of studeis which are linked to consumption of milk with lactose intolerance, Digestive problems and diabetes, But on the contrary The milk form Indian desi cows is considered very easy to digest and that is why Ayurveda recommends it,
So for now the safe milk is milk from Desi cows and that to getting it from a doodhwala.
The Bos Indicus cow is the desi breed that produces the A2 milk with the good quality protein but it has been conveniently replaced by the high-yielding cross breed, popularly known as HF or Holstein Friesian in India which provides the A1 variety of milk. This is something you need to consider beyond the 'type' of milk.”
See here - Different breeds of Indian Cows
Difference between A1 vs A2 Milk
Above is a typical variety of a Indian cow, named Red Sindhi which is mostly seen in Nothern part of India , see how to identify a Indian Cow
How to identify Indian Cow ?
Dr. Abdul Samad says it is safe to drink Milk from Indian cows and most of the cross breed cows, Luckily Milk Adulteration issue in India is far better in shape when compared to other countries, He explains 80% OF cows and buffaloes in India are OF A2 type. Read his detailed analysis on A1 vs A2 Milk
- Thank God, We don't have to give up milk exclusively!
MILK TEA & Acidity
PH Value of Tea is 4.9, which is mildly acidic, PH Value of Milk is 7.0 which is considered neutral, PH value of tea will increase if you boil the tea for longer times / by adding more tea leaves. Tannic acid present in Tea leaves make it acidic. (Refer acidity chart )
Mujhe Strong tea chahiye"
Kadak chai dena"
If you are one among those persons who take strong tea you may think about make your tea less stronger. Tea powder is strong, by adding milk you dilute it and by adding sugar you dilute it.
What happens to tea when you
- when you add milk
- adding sugar
- nutrient absorption
Adding Milk to tea does not reduce its ph value, it only masks the sour -acidic taste of tea. moreover The proteins in milk may bind to and neutralize the antioxidants in tea, such that its health benefits of tea are significantly reduced.
To realise this try to prepare a black tea by yourself, see how much tea powder is required to make your tea strong. LESS POWDER WILL BE ENOUGH.
What happens is your tea is already strong, but when you add milk, It masks the tea's strongness forcing you to add more tea powder & more tea powder means more acidity.
Sugar also masks the strongness of tea leaves, So it is important to understand- using sugar also will indirectly make you add more tea powder to your tea.
when you add sugar also need to add more tea powder to make your tea strong, More tea powder - means more acidic.
Experts suggest avoiding additives such as milk or sugar because they combine with tea's natural flavonoids and decrease the benefits. So when you add milk and sugar to your tea The body cannot effectively absorb the the nutrients from the Tea leaves.
Best way to get benefit of Anti oxidants in tea is to drink green tea with lemon added to it.To boost the benefits of green tea, add a squirt of lemon juice to your cup. Previous research has demonstrated that Vitamin C Significantly increases the amount of catechins available for your body to absorb. In fact, citrus juice increased available catechin levels by more than FIVE TIMES, Causing 80% of Tea'S Catechins to be easily absorbed by your body.
To summarise, Milk tea is good only for mental satisfaction, i.e for rewarding our pleasure centres, But as we are human beings we also need pleasure to live happily. At the same time it should be noted that milk tea does not have any health benefits when compared to green tea/ black tea / herbal tea etc.
Diabetics can Drink milk Tea if
- The Milk you get is from Indian Desi cow /Buffalo? which gives A2 type milk.
- Not more than 2 cups a day.
- Drink milk tea only in between meals, i.e at 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 04:00 pm - 05:00 pm.
- You don't have acidity issue with your stomach. Tea makes your stomach more acidic.
Diabetics should not Drink milk Tea if
- The milk you get is from jersey/imported cows.
- If you have problems with your digestive system like bloating, constipation etc or Lactose intolerance.
- If there are vitamin deficiencies.
- They have a habit of drinking tea early in the morning.