Adding Milk to Green Tea: Is it Ever Ok?

Here is a question that so many people ask, can you put milk in green tea? We all know that Brits love tea and I love tea more than most. I especially love green tea but I’m in the minority as most Brits enjoy black tea over all other types of tea. Out of the 100 million cup of tea enjoyed in Britain daily, 98% of those cups are made black with milk! So you can see how this milk in green tea bewilderment is such a common query.

What are the rules? Is is ever ok to add milk to green tea? How does it taste? And does it affect the health benefits? Let’s discuss the options.

Milk in Green Tea: Is it Acceptable?

Should you or shouldn’t you: Does green tea go well with milk?

Brits are renowned for enjoying hearty cups of tea, especially robust English breakfast tea and Earl grey blends, both with milk of course. However, green tea consumption is most definitely on the rise as 4 out of 10 tea drinking Brits are now experimenting and trying green tea! Many people are making healthier choices these days and reports show that green tea is wonderfully high in potent antioxidants.

So we know that us Brits love a cuppa with milk, but what are the green tea options for those that love milk tea the most? Let’s go over some commonly asked questions.

Can Green Tea and Milk be Taken Together?

Yes! The thing about tea is that you can make it just the way you like it. With that being said, green tea is far more delicate compared to that of black tea and so milk may just overpower the brew. If it’s a flavourful tea you are after, you might want to leave the milk for your hearty English brekkie tea.

Matcha is a type of Japanese green tea that is made by grinding fresh tea leaves into a fine powder. Instead of infusing the leaves, just as a regular tea is made, the whole leaf is consumed with matcha. Therefore, matcha is a much stronger, more concentrated, green tea that is actually very tasty with milk. I especially love making a hot matcha latte with almond milk and a drizzle of honey for a little sweetness.

Read more; How to use matcha green tea in recipes

Is Green Tea with Milk Healthy?

Enjoying green tea with milk is not unhealthy, however, like anything, it is always best to enjoy in moderation. Both green tea and milk have health boosting properties. Cow’s milk contains beneficial vitamins and nutrients, and many other non dairy milks contain an array of health boosting benefits too. There is a common misconception that drinking green tea and milk together is bad for you. However, this isn’t entirely true, milk may reduce the levels of antioxidants in the tea but it doesn’t produce any bad-for-you properties.

Read more; What is the best milk alternative for tea?

Does Adding Milk to Green Tea Reduce the Benefits?

Tea, including green tea contains lots of health boosting properties. Tea contains a special compound known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG can help reduce inflammation by removing free radicals that can cause oxidative stress in the body, helping to keep us younger for longer. Some reports show that drinking green tea with milk may actually reduce the effects of the antioxidants found in tea. Milk contains a protein called casein. It is this milk protein that may chemically react to the tea polyphenols (antioxidants) that causes the benefits to be reduced. The same is true when eating milk containing products whist drinking green tea. Tea does contain other health boosting properties such as l-theanine, tannins and even caffeine in moderation is known to have some benefits. These properties do not appear to have the same chemical reaction with casein. Non dairy milks such as soy, almond and oat milk do not contain any casein and therefore will not affect the antioxidant levels found in the green tea.

Read more; What are the antioxidants in tea?


What Does Green Tea With Milk Taste Like?

Green tea is generally a more delicate tea than other types of tea, and so adding anything such as milk or sugar can affect the taste quite a lot. Adding milk to green tea will result in a very weak and overly milky tasting tea. I personally prefer to enjoy the natural taste of the tea without milk and sugar, however, everyone is different. If you like your green tea with milk, go ahead and make it just the way that you like it. With that being said, matcha green tea is a far more robust tasting tea and is so strong that it can withstand the addition of milk without diluting the flavour of the tea. Many people enjoy matcha in a delicious hot or iced tea latte.

Read more; How to mix matcha without a traditional bamboo whisk

Is it ok to add Milk to Green Tea?

What does it taste like? and is it healthy?

Does Green Tea With Milk Make you Gain Weight?

Tea, including green tea, contains next to zero calories per cup and so it’s difficult to gain weight while enjoying a daily cuppa. Tea also contains lots of health boosting benefits that may actually help maintain a normal weight or perhaps even aid in weight loss. Green tea, especially the highly concentrated matcha green tea, may even help speed up the metabolism by up to 17%, when combined with a controlled diet and exercise regime (of course). Weight gain may occur when adding milk to tea as it is difficult to account for the hidden calories. A cup of tea with milk could add up to an extra 50-100 calories per cup, and even more for those with a sweet tooth opting to add sugar or honey. Unfortunately, adding milk and sugar to tea can quickly add up to extra pounds in weight gain over weeks or months.

Read more; Is matcha green tea good for weight loss?

So, it it ok to add Milk to Green Tea?

Of course! It is absolutely ok to add milk to your cup of green tea if that’s how you like to take your tea :)

How do you take your tea? Leave a comment below!

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