Your regular cuppa could be key to cutting your risk of stroke and diabetes, scientists have revealed.
The Health Council of the Netherlands, an independent scientific body that advises the country’s parliament, say people should drink three to five cups of tea a day, according to an article in the Metro.
But it has to be black or green – herbal or fruit varieties don’t count.
And the Dutch government is heeding experts’ advice, serving schoolchildren as young as four tea rather than squash, juice or milk as their lunchtime drink.
Scientists say a cuppa reduces the risk of blood pressure , reports the Daily Telegraph.
Eert Schoten, from the health council, said: “We noted that in the scientific literature in the last 10 years, there are clear signs that drinking tea is good for your health.
“Three to five cups a day reduce blood pressure, diabetes and stroke risks , so this comes as one of our 16 guidelines.”
Industry body the Tea Advisory Panel supports the findings.
Tim Bond, from the panel, said: “Three to five cups of tea are associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke.
“Other studies in the short term looking at risk factors also agree that daily tea consumption in this range are likely to have a positive impact on heart health.”
The move will provide a welcome boost to the tea industry after stats revealed that annual UK sales figures have plummeted six per cent in the last five years.