FDA doubts benefits of green tea

July 6, 2005 in Nutrition Topics in the News

FDA doubts benefits of green tea

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a statement saying that drinking green tea is highly unlikely to prevent breast, prostate or any other cancer.  The FDA claims that recent studies supporting the cancer-fighting abilities of green tea are based on weak and limited studies.

This statement comes at a time when consumer interest in the beverage is at an all-time high. Consumption of green tea increased 87 percent between 2000 and 2003 in the UK.

While the FDA doubts the health benefit from green tea, they did not comment on green tea extracts or purified epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in the tea that is often studied for its anti-cancer effects in the lab.

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