Iced tea: Is it good for your health?

You’ve probably seen those commercials for iced tea. As people in the commercial take a sip, they feel instant relief and are refreshed. The commercials make it seem great to relax in the summer heat with some iced tea don’t they? But even though iced tea can be refreshing, it’s important to understand some of the health risks associated with it.

What is iced tea?

Iced tea, in its simplest form, is brewed tea over ice. Many big-name companies have canned or bottled this popular beverage for mass consumption. You don’t have to wait until the tea is steeped and it’s widely available in many different flavors.

The Tea Association of the U.S.A. reports that 85 percent of tea consumption in America is of the iced variety. The association notes people living in the southern and northeastern states consume the most tea.

Advantages of iced tea

Tea, whether iced or not, can definitely be considered a health beverage. This of course is also subjective to additives. Generally speaking, steeped or brewed tea can offer health benefits.

Unsweetened tea provides little, to no additional calories – so don’t worry about it harming your diet. Tea can offer many antioxidants that work to fight free radical damage. And depending on the amount of caffeine, tea can keep you hydrated.

Concerns of consuming iced tea

Kidney failure risk

Although tea can offer benefits, there have been concerns surrounding the consumption of the iced variety. In recent news, a man from Arkansas drank a gallon of iced tea every day. This led to kidney failure. It’s important to recognize the negative health effects of iced tea.

Black iced tea can lead to kidney failure. Black tea contains a chemical that can lead to the formation of kidney stones or worse – kidney failure.

The Arkansas man entered the hospital with symptoms of nausea, fatigue and weakness. After several tests from doctors they determined his iced tea drinking habit was to blame. Notably, the amount of tea this gentleman drank was a factor in his diagnosis.

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