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I went to visit a friend of mine who has recently joined the mormon faith, well apparently she has stopped taking tea because it is addictive instead she takes only cocoa, chocolate, soya etc. She has also started taking red meat sparingly. Let me hear your views on this. How addictive is tea?

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It's not because tea is 'addictive' - Mormons are taught from the 'Words of Wisdom' that they should avoid anything that is a stimulant, and follow a wholesome diet using red meat sparingly.

I knew a Mormon family a while ago - lovely people - and they didn't drink anything except water and milk. I would have thought that cocoa or chocolate, could in some instances, be classed as a stimulant if taken in excess.

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Tea is not addictive per se. but some can get addicted to almost anything. Addiction is often not in substance, but in stickability of mind.

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Tea contains caffeine which is addictive - in Russian prisons very strong, over-brewed tea is popular "drug", with the effects not dissimilar to those of the illegal stimulants. As far as I can remember from my drug studies from some years ago (I used to be a drug worker and then a drug treatment manager in a UK prison), gram per gram pure caffeine is more toxic than cocaine.

Cocoa and chocolate both contain caffeine, as well as theobromine, which is also a stimulant but not quite as potent.

It is very possible to develop a dependency on caffeine, so any drink containing caffeine can become addictive. I remember when there were shortages of coffee in Russia in the 80s, my mother, a confirmed coffee addict, was ill in bed for some days, with quite severe withdrawal symptoms.

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I went to visit a friend of mine who has recently joined the mormon faith, well apparently she has stopped taking tea because it is addictive instead she takes only cocoa, chocolate, soya etc. She has also started taking red meat sparingly. Let me hear your views on this. How addictive is tea?

tea like green tea is good for our health so no need to worry if being addictive, its just the best.

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jonaaa
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Addiction to something is a result of a state of mind. If you have that control in yourself therefore you will not be addictive on a certain food or drink like tea.:)

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If you are addicted to tea, it is obviously not a good thing however you can switch your addiction of normal tea to green tea. Green tea is highly recommended by the health experts because of the tremendous wonders it offers to a human body. It is tremendously loaded with a number of antioxidants and a number of other such minerals and vitamins on the whole. Following are the few of the health benefits of green tea.

Helps you lose weight Completely packed with diuretic constituents; it also degrades extra water and hence diminishes surplus weight.

Boosts exercise endurance It also recovers your energy level and boosts your overall body metabolism.

Reduces the risk of heart attack The amounts of flavonoids exist in this tea protects the heart by soothing the blood vessels so blood can flow more readily.

Fights against various cancers The antioxidants present in this tea helps protecting all kinds of cancer.

Protection from harmful ultraviolet rays Green tea is full of antioxidants that scavenge risky free radicals in the body.

Hydration benefits It also provides hydration advantages.

Keeps Diabetes in check Green tea ultimately facilitates regulating levels of glucose diminishing the levels of blood sugar.

Prevention and treatment of neurological diseases Green tea has Polyphenols that may perhaps helps regulating the portions of brain.

Anti- Aging benefits This beverage combat free radicals thus preserving ageing and promoting prolonged existence.

Boosts your immunity The proportion of Vitamin C in green tea helps in keeping cold and flu at the bay.

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Tea contains caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant and any stimulant can be addictive. There are good health reasons for avoiding too much of it. But I have never known anyone get withdrawal symptoms when deprived of tea in the same way that can happen with people who drink too much too coffee,coca cola or high energy drinks.

People who swear they cannot wake up without a cup of tea or coffee are probably addicted to caffeine rather than just being slow to wake up.

So technically your friend is correct.......but you can get decaffeinated tea and something tells me that would still be frowned on by the mormons.

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Considering that tea has caffeine and we can become dependent on caffeine (though in smaller doses than coffee I am sure) I would argue that yes we can. I also think that we might become mentally dependent on it, assuming that we cannot focus until we have had our morning tea etc.

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I would not say that it is addictive. You can really like it a lot that you feel you have to have it but I don't think that it is something that one becomes dependant on.

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Tashanie
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I would not say that it is addictive. You can really like it a lot that you feel you have to have it but I don't think that it is something that one becomes dependant on.

Sadly yes you can. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms are every bit as bad as those of hard drugs. The difference is that caffeine is freely available and legal.......so getting a fix is easy

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Tea can be addictive, but nowhere near the level of even coffee, I think. Still, if you feel like you're getting addicted to regular tea - by that I mean black tea - try green tea. It has caffeine, but at a very low level. So you might get your "fix", but you'll eventually be able to wean yourself off. 🙂

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Brian Jones
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If you only drink a couple of glasses a day, good news, you are not addicted.:)

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Her substitutes contain caffeine. 😀

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Francesca M. Brown
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I think that you can very much get dependent on the actual ‘comfort’ that a cup of tea can offer you though. That is something that I think that people overlook. This is not just true for tea of course, but rather for anything that you think gives you a ‘good feeling’.

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Gilbo
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Addiction to tea is safe. Tea can help us detoxify our body from toxins. It's herbal so there's nothing wrong with it

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Addiction to tea is safe. Tea can help us detoxify our body from toxins. It's herbal so there's nothing wrong with it

There are many 'herbal' substances that are not good for us.
Tea - what about fluoride, aluminium and oxalates, just for a start?

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Patypat
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Tea has caffeine in it, so if coffee is addictive, tea can be too.

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MaxwellFry
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alva114
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then i am addicted

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Gupta44
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There is a case for 'everything in life can be addictive'. However i reckon tea would fall on the more milder end of that scale 🙂

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kristibates
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I am addicted to tea.

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"Coffee and tea have distinctive flavours that many people find very pleasant, but taste alone does not account for some people's dependence on frequent cups from early morning to late at night.

Heavy tea and coffee drinkers seek the increased alertness or clearer thinking they experience after drinking a cup of either brew. The 'wake-me-up' properties of tea and coffee can become addictive. The chemical in both coffee and tea that stimulates our nervous system is caffeine, which is also found naturally in cacao beans, used to make chocolate. Tea also contains a small amount of a more potent stimulant, theophylline.

Once caffeine is absorbed into the blood stream, it can reach all parts of the body, and causes a variety of effects. It makes the heart pump more blood, but it decreases the blood flow to the brain by constricting blood vessels there. Perhaps it compensates for this by stimulating the cerebral cortex, to give us a more alert feeling! Too much caffeine can cause irritability, nervousness, jumpiness, irregular heartbeat, headaches, insomnia and other unpleasant symptoms."

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