Drinking Tea In the Morning - Any Side Effects

by Keshav S Melnad
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

I just want to know if drinking tea in empty stomach is good for health. If not, what are the side effects of drinking tea in the morning?


Keshav, the best time to drink tea is in-between meals.

Drinking tea in the morning with empty stomach can upset the stomach for some people.

You can read about the stomach side effects of tea at

Green Tea and Stomach Gastric Irritation - Indigestion and Heart Burn

In addition, in Chinese medicine, tea, especially those which are lightly oxidised (i.e. white tea, green tea and yellow tea etc) is associated with "coldness" and hurts the stomach.

For many years, I drank green tea first thing in the morning. However, my Chinese physician has recently advised against that as she said my stomach is prone to developing ulcers. I now drink tea mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

I hope this helps.


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