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Bloating after tea?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Have you ever experienced bloating after drinking (a lot of) tea (oolong specifically) and not eating anything at the same time?

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on July 11, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Well, I'm pretty sure that my symptoms are related to too much stomach acid, because a variety of other acid-causing foods and substances cause the same problem. Most of what I've read online lists bloating and gas as a result of acid indigestion, so if it is the tannins that are causing the acid (as opposed to some other property of tea), then I guess it makes sense that tannins could cause bloating indirectly in some people.

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on July 11, 2011
at 11:36 AM

Agreed, *these* symptoms are because of the tannins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin#Toxicity), which would be reduced by the milk because of the milk proteins. I don't know if these symptoms are related to the bloating though, since I always get these symptoms, but haven't noted bloating from tea.

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on July 11, 2011
at 09:52 AM

I can't say that this has ever happened to me. What do you mean by bloating? Like, your stomach is full, or that you're retaining fluids, etc.? Be more specific please.

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on July 11, 2011
at 01:32 AM

What the hell is "bloating" anyway. It's just another one of those terms with no real, actual definition.

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F52b51135f2c47eb46c986fdc9760b9b

on July 11, 2011
at 10:46 AM

If I drink tea (oolong, green, or black) without milk on an empty stomach I get pretty serious stomach acid problems, sometimes even to the point of having to throw up. I know having too much acid in your stomach can cause I variety of symptoms, and I'm pretty sure bloating is one of them. Adding a little bit of milk to my tea reduces the symptoms for me, but doesn't eliminate them entirely.

F52b51135f2c47eb46c986fdc9760b9b

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on July 11, 2011
at 12:37 PM

Well, I'm pretty sure that my symptoms are related to too much stomach acid, because a variety of other acid-causing foods and substances cause the same problem. Most of what I've read online lists bloating and gas as a result of acid indigestion, so if it is the tannins that are causing the acid (as opposed to some other property of tea), then I guess it makes sense that tannins could cause bloating indirectly in some people.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on July 11, 2011
at 11:36 AM

Agreed, *these* symptoms are because of the tannins (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tannin#Toxicity), which would be reduced by the milk because of the milk proteins. I don't know if these symptoms are related to the bloating though, since I always get these symptoms, but haven't noted bloating from tea.

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on February 17, 2012
at 02:10 AM

Green tea makes me really nauseous if I have it on an empty stomach- I have not found a very consistent scientific reason as to WHY (I don't have the same reaction to black or herbal teas), but there must be something about it that doesn't agree with a few of us.

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on February 17, 2012
at 01:00 AM

Thank all of u for ur gud & varied answers, owing to tum acid & related problems i have beeen off tea for 3 years, now ok i have started bk on tea (which i love) & i am getting the flatulance & bloatedness...so guess i have to adjust to it again perhaps ...i only have ONE cup daily.... thanks again eileen x

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on October 05, 2011
at 01:39 AM

Just a thought - you might be swallowing air. Make sure that the tea is not so hot that you can't put your top lip on it. A gastroenterologist pointed that out to me. People tend to slurp hot drinks and soups so that they ingest some air along with the beverage in order to cool it down. But it means they are taking in air.

Same goes for straws.

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on August 18, 2011
at 08:34 AM

It may be a possible Caffeine intolerance? As caffeine can Causes your stomach to produce more acid and irritates the stomach lining.

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on July 12, 2011
at 05:01 AM

Check that your tea doesn't have any other ingredients besides the tea leaf. crazy flavorings or citric acid or some type of preservative may be the cause

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on July 11, 2011
at 09:01 PM

If I go too long without eating, I sometimes get gas (no idea why, but I do have a very wonky digestive system). I imagine if I tried to mask my hunger with a beverage, I'd get stomach distention in conjunction with the gas, which would be very uncomfortable indeed.

Fortunately, I don't allow myself to get too hungry often. Are you trying to avoid eating by drinking tea, or were you simply in a position where you could not access any food? If you're hungry, eat! Carry around some macadamia nuts or another healthful snack, if need be. The solution to your problem sounds very straightforward: do not drink tea without eating something with it. :)

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