Tea really is the best drink of the day – it can cut your risk of dying prematurely, say researchers.
A study shows that drinking tea reduces the risk of dying from causes unrelated to the heart by a quarter compared with those who don’t drink tea.
Experts say it is better for you than coffee, although habitual coffee drinkers tend to be more unhealthy and smokers.
The benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content, antioxidant ingredients that are thought to be good for the heart.
Study leader Professor Nicolas Danchin said previous research showed ‘divergent’ effects of tea and coffee on heart health.
He added, however: "If you have to choose between tea or coffee it’s probably better to drink tea."