I’m ready to kill somebody if I see another tea website with a big section on “health benefits of tea” and why you should drink more tea. I saw a blog post today (to which I will not link — sorry, I really have no desire to link to such rubbish) that has the title “Infusing tea could cream HIV”, makes suggestive comments about how drinking more tea is good for you, and then linked to this article. If you read the whole thing… in fact, if you read the first two paragraphs, you’ll see that this is all about how EGCG, the polyphenol that we’ve all heard about, can aid in blocking HIV infections through vaginal intercourse from the semen to the woman’s cell. Adding EGCG to a vaginal GEL or something similar may help slow HIV infections. That is, of course, great news, if it works.
Except that it has NOTHING whatsoever to do with DRINKING tea. Sorry for all the cap letters, but I’m annoyed. Pretty soon we’re going to be hearing that drinking tea raises the dead, cures cancer, solves global warming, and lead to everlasting world peace. The fact is that this study, from the excerpt provided in that little WebMD article anyway, has nothing to do with EGCG in your body and everything to do with EGCG acting as a chemical that helps destroy a compound that makes HIV more effective in infecting cells. So please, stop trying to sell tea because it provides health benefits. We drink it because it tastes great, because it’s interesting, because it’s a good conveyer of caffeine. Sure, some people drink it for health benefits, and that’s fine. But surely, you must be able to sell tea, good tea anyway, without having to resort to “this is good for you” and “drink this and it will make you live longer”? Or maybe, the tea you’re selling is so terrible (or terribly overpriced), that’s the only way to sell it. If that’s the case, I’m sorry.