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Can Drinking Black Tea Lower Your Risk of Diabetes?

Before you read the rest of this story, go ahead and throw on a tea kettle and dig out some black tea. Like its lighter-colored green tea friend, black tea is filled with healthy antioxidants—and could possibly reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Yes, a brand new study published in the journal BMJ Open found that countries with a high black tea consumption also had the lowest rates of type 2 diabetes. Ireland, the U.K. and Turkey topped the list (on average, each person drinks around 4.5 lbs of black tea per year), with the U.S. trailing far behind.

While this is great news for tea loving countries, the authors note that the study doesn’t prove that drinking black tea reduces your risk of diabetes. It does, however, add to growing evidence of the drink’s many benefits.

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