How Does Milk Affect Your Coffee? Is It Good or Bad, Science Reveals the Answer?
4Antioxidant-rich foods that are commonly mixed with dairy
Among foods and beverages commonly consumed today, many are taken along with dairy products which are of some concern to nutritionists and experts. The most common are :
- Tea and milk
- Coffee and cream
- Fruit and cream
- Berries and yogurt
- Chocolate or cocoa and milk
- Oatmeal and milk
5What Studies Say on Milk and Tea
According to some research studies, milk reduces the potency of antioxidants in some foods and beverages. One of the most common examples of these is adding milk to tea. Tea with milk is common beverage in many parts of the world but a number of studies have found that adding milk to tea reduces the antioxidant potency and activity.
The reason for this is casein a protein in milk which binds to antioxidants and reduces their abilities to neutralize or kill free radicals.
6Conflicting studies on both sides
But if there are studies proving milk is not a good idea with beverages, there have been just as many studies that have found conflicting results that show how milk does not exert any effect on the antioxidant properties of tea. One study especially made its observations by taking different measurements of antioxidants in tea before and after adding milk. One test found the antioxidant capacity reduced by 11-27% while in another test and a different measurement it was found that the antioxidant capacity had improved instead by 6% to a whopping 75%.
Two other studies with tea mixed with milk found no changes to the levels or potency of antioxidants in the beverage. However, it should be noted that results would be different depending on the type of tea and quantity of milk added including the type of preparation and the way in which the antioxidant capacity was being measured.
7Studies on milk and other foods and beverages
The same results were also observed when done with other beverages like chocolate, coffee and blueberries. However, all these items contain different amounts of antioxidants. One study found how the antioxidant potency of chocolate was reduced when mixed with milk by 30%. One study found that the antioxidant capacity of chocolate reduced totally when mixed with milk. Another study found that if you eat your blueberries mixed with milk, this reduces the polyphenols in the blueberries and even prevented the antioxidant benefits on the body.