Can tea upset your stomach?
Although 1 cup of black tea, on average, contains less caffeine than coffee, digestive problems such as an upset stomach can still occur after drinking it. Black tea also contains tannins, which can increase acid production in the stomach, potentially contributing to an upset stomach in some individuals.
If it does, drinking may be cautiously resumed at a more modest level. Caffeine-containing drinks have a laxative potential. More than two or three cups of coffee or tea daily can often cause diarrhea. Some sugars can cause diarrhea.
- Black tea is better known for its benefits than for any type of side effects. But it contains two natural substances -- caffeine and tannins -- that have the potential to cause digestive problems, such as an upset stomach or nausea. The key is to enjoy black tea but don't go overboard.
- Drink at least 1 cup (240 milliliters) of liquid every time you have a loose bowel movement. Eat small meals throughout the day, instead of 3 big meals. Eat some salty foods, such as pretzels, soup, and sports drinks. Eat some high potassium foods, such as bananas, potatoes without the skin, and fruit juices.
- Drinking tea could help you lose weight, new research has found – but the effects are cancelled out if you add milk. Scientists have discovered that tea contains high levels of compounds that help to reduce the amount of fat absorbed by the gut and can cut cholesterol.
Updated: 16th October 2018