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Ask Tufts Experts August 2010 Issue

Q: In the April Healthletter, you report on research in which adding a little milk to coffee did not affect the antioxidant effect. I have been reading that adding milk to tea, however, does so. Has this finding been reversed? What about using low-fat (1%) milk?

Answer : There have been very few studies of the effect of added milk on the bioavailability and/or bioactivity of the antioxidants in coffee, which are called phenolics.

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