Q: Does adding milk to tea block the absorption of the healthful substances in tea?
A: No. Studies have found that neither milk, honey, lemon or sugar added to tea interferes with the body's ability to absorb the apparently health-promoting phytochemicals in tea. Experts emphasize that while tea could be a positive addition to a healthy diet, it cannot compare with the major health-promoting impact of a mostly plant-based diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Q: Is eating at night fattening?
A: Not necessarily. The few studies that have looked at this question found that eating a greater proportion of the day's calories in the evening did not affect weight. Remember, even if you're not being active, your body is still burning calories all night long, keeping your heart, liver and other organs functioning.
If you are physically hungry in the evening, this means that your body needs food, so don't be afraid to eat in response to that need.
- By Karen Collins, a registered dietitian for the American Institute for Cancer Research.
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