Green Tea, Your Health And The FDA
A few interesting developments on the health benefits of tea.
The US Food and Drug Administration has said that there is no credible scientific evidence to support the claim that green tea reduces the risk of cancer.
“Two studies do not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer in women, but one weaker, more limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of breast cancer.”
They go on to say:
“One weak and limited study does not show that drinking green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but another weak and limited study suggests that drinking green tea may reduce this risk. Based on these studies, FDA concludes that it is highly unlikely that green tea reduces the risk of prostate cancer.”
This is in response to a petition filed by Mr. Sin Hang Lee, from Trumbull, CT claiming that green tea reduces the risk of cancer.
Here’s a letter from Mr. Lee to the FDA (pdf).
And the FDA response to Lee’s petition.
It gets worse. Ito En, a Japanese green tea manufacturer filed a petition claiming that drinking 5 ounces of green tea every day may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Of course, the FDA shot back:
“Based on FDA’s consideration of the scientific evidence and other information submitted with your petition, and other pertinent scientific evidence and information, FDA concludes that there is no credible evidence to support qualified health claims for green tea or green tea extract and a reduction of a number of risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.”
So what’s going on? Is green tea healthy or not? Well, the jury’s out on that for the moment. But I do hope more research is done. The bottom line for me is, it tastes good and makes me feel good. But if you’re concerned – go talk to your doctor.
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