Chinese Diet Teas - One Of The Worlds Amazing Diet Secrets?

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Published: 07th April 2008
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For many years Chinese teas have been viewed as one of the worlds greatest diet remedies. Various companies have been selling these products as such. Chinese diet teas are low on calories and the caffeine found in most teas assists in the burning of calories. Furthermore, polyphenols, a substance found in teas assists in fat digestion. Tea affects people in a good way, that is a truth!

Although they come in various names, like Chinese diet tea or slimming tea, all have a common message, "Swallow this tea and you will melt off the pounds". With that said, various experts noted that what you are actually consuming from these products is a plant based laxative that can cause a few disorders among them nausea or stomach cramps, and perhaps even death when consumed in excessive amounts.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) once declared that the laxative teas and dietary supplements of most concern are those containing 1 or more substances, such as senna, castor oil, and cascara. These products are derived from plants and have been applied for many years for their ability to relieve constipation and promote bowel movements. They are deemed useful for such designs with occasional use.

When the labeled "Chinese diet teas" are overly used grounded on the misconception that steady bowel movements prevent the absorption of calories, problems can appear. A lot of studies have proved that laxative induced diarrhea does not significantly reduce absorption of calories because laxatives don't work in the small intestine where the calories are absorbed. It rather works on the colon, which is the lower end of the bowel.

It is true also, that when the Chinese diet teas are by steeping the tea longer than product labeling recommends, or when intaking more than the advisable amount, the tea effects can lead to short as well as long term harmful conditions. This may lead to stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea which are the usual disorders to occur. This condition may last for several days.

When these laxatives are used continually, laxative dependency will be likely to develop with bursts of chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain as well as constipation. In the most extreme cases, these laxatives may cause fainting, dehydration and serious electrolyte disorders. As mentioned, these after-effects of excessive use are most likely to develop in people who are nutritionally compromised because of rigorous weight-loss dieting.

Because of these concerns, the FDA is now considering requiring the manufacturers of labeled "Chinese diet teas" to place warning labels on every one their product stimulant laxatives. It is also important that those who are drinking Chinese diet teas for any purpose must read and follow the recommended directions carefully and learn about tea effects. The words shown on the label under "warning" should then be given attention.

For more information, check out the free articles at Tea Now or make sure to read Ten Amazing Things You Didn't Know About Tea. You should also check out Weight Control & Diet Blog or Dieting-Now Blog.


Copyright 2008 Ron King. This article may be reprinted if the resource box is left intact and the links live.

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