I had a couple of odd experiences this past week when I drank tea (PG Tipps) in the morning. Last Wednesday, I brewed a cup and rignt after drinking it a nausea welled up in my stomach. It happened so quickly that I still had the cup in my hand when I threw up. I thought that I might have made it too stout or drank it too fast. This morning I had another cup (first one since) and was careful not to let the bag steep too much and drank it slowly. I had the same reaction. From beginning to end it was less than two minutes.
I normally don't drink much caffeine, but beyond getting a bit agitated, I've never had reactions to it even when I drank coffee on a regular basis. I've had the box for about seven or eight months and it's about half full. Strange...
Is the tea old? It could contain a mold that would quickly sicken.
Yes. Once, I made a tea with rose hips in it, and I threw up within minutes. I've been reluctant to drink tea ever since.
It used to when I was younger, but now in my forties it doesn't.
I recommend starting with herbal tea without caffeine.
Every once in a while if I drink tea with sugar on an empty stomach it comes right back up. I would absolutely say - don't try to drink that particular box of tea again.
Someone close to you poisoned it, OP ... throw it away and buy some new tea.
OP, have you just started taking any medication or supplements. That might have triggered the reaction with the tea.
Regardless, I'd get rid of that tea.
Too much caffeine will make you nauseous in a headache kind of way, not a stomach ache kind of way.
I heard that drinking black tea on an empty stomach can mess up your blood sugar. Once I had some Earl Grey tea on an empty stomach and had a strange reaction. I felt very queasy and numb. Try to google it for more info.
I'm a tea addict and the only times I ever had a similar reaction to you was drinking black tea on an empty stomach--paired with a cigarette. Made me ralph.
Thanks for all the responses. I don't think it's the age of the tea. I bought it in the spring though I don't know how long Cost Plus had it around. Expiration isn't 'til next fall and I've already used half.
As dumb as this may sound, it never occurred to me that drinking it on an empty stomach could cause the reaction, but it was the case both times. I've always had coffee and tea on an empty stomach without effect. Until now.
Sigh. Yet another blip on the road to elderdom.
If it's any consolation to you, dear elder OP, my cig/tea/ralph misfortunes occurred in my early 20's.
PG Tips, eek how commmon. That is old tea, that probably has mould or just gone off. Mice like tea, check for droppings.
Buy fresh leaf tea and keep it in a caddy ... you chav Yank, you deserve to get poisoned
FYI, good quality (unflavored!!) japanese green teas can be enjoyed on an empty stomach--and can even be beneficial during bouts of food poisoning or stomach flu.
Anyone vulgar enough to talk about "stout" rather than strong tea probably licked her fingers after eating a biscuit without washing her hands at an appropriate time in her preparations for the day.
Your reaction is typical of tea that has molded. Kept in a warm moist kitchen in a cardboard box this it not atypical.
Incidentally, I did toss the box.
I do not know if this will help but I keep all my tea in the freezer. Where I live the humidity lends itself to that sort of thing.
I am another one who has a problem with black tea. It makes me dizzy.
OP had you eaten? I often get nauseous drinking tea on an empty stomach. Coffee doesn't do it though.
You all are a bunch of silly sissies!
[quote]Incidentally, I did toss the box.
You're not supposed to eat the box.
Tannins. If I drink tea on an empty stomach, I get nauseated.
Shut up, Rosemary, and keep drinking. It's good for you.
Tea gives me diarrhea.
PG Tips is kind of disgusting tea, OP. As far as British tea goes, it's scraping the bottom of the barrel.
Pennyroyal Tea distills the life that is inside of me.
If you buy a new box, and it does the same thing, it's acid reflux.
I agree with r22. The tannins in the tea can upset your stomach. It does mine.
Perhaps you're unnecessarily blaming the tea for what was going to be an upset stomach no matter what hit it.
I've also gotten nauseated from drinking black tea on an empty stomach, and also think it's the tannins. It doesn't seem to happen when I add cream, which I guess acts as a buffer.
Always drink strong black (English) tea with milk, OP. Try using Tetley's British Blend instead. It's still quite strong, but less so than PG Tips. Also, make sure there's no soap residue in your mug. Sometimes the culprit is taking something out of the dishwasher that needs an extra rinse.
it happened to me at a chinese restaurant. i thought it was the hot and sour soup. i threw up instantly in the restaurant. worst nausea ever.
"Once I had some Earl Grey tea on an empty stomach and had a strange reaction. I felt very queasy and numb"
That once happened to me - mind you, I drink my Earl Grey so black it stains the cup...
Subtle aroma of bergamot??? Not me.
R13, anybody who drinks Japanese green tea, or any Japanese tea, after it was found that it was over the radiation limit of 500 becquerels/kg, and released for sale anyway, needs their head examined.
Most Japanese green tea is grown relatively near Fukushima prefecture, in a contaminated zone. The governor from that prefecture, famed for its tea, fought tooth and nail not to have the tea tested, then when it was and it failed the test, he made a lot of snide remarks about "harmful rumors" and kept shipping at least some of it. The last I heard, recalls are voluntary and not everyone is observing them. It's almost certainly on the market now. Buy from some other country.
OP, throw that tea out. It probably got damp and grew mold. In future, keep your tea in a metal tin, glass or plastic container or sealed ziplock bag, away from moisture. A dark container is better, or keep the container in a dark cupboard. Don't store it above the stove or sink. When you spoon out tea, make sure the spoon you use is completely dry, not one just out of the dishwasher.
Very interesting information about Japanese tea on the market now. Thanks for the information, R35.
So PG Tips is the tea for the Chav set? I thought it was just run of the mill tea.
Did anyone say...throw that tea away and don't buy it again?
Are you pregnant?
Yes, my body does not like cardamom. I drank some Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice Tea and was immediately projectile vomiting. I cannot drink Chai either.
OP, it may have nothing to do with the tea. It may be the detergent residue in the kettle or cup. This happened to me at a friend of mine's house. She never rinse her dishes well.
Is green tea only grown in Japan? I love it, but the information about radiation exposure is troubling.
I have felt this way after drinking black tea but it was very strong black tea. I put double the amount of leaves into just one cup and steeped it for 5 mins.
R35 Thanks for the warning I enjoy sencha but I will not buy any if it's full of radiation.
I drink Tazo tea for breakfast and haven't had any reactions, but I can't drink coffee on an empty stomach w/o becoming sick almost immediately. Hopefully it was just something in that box OP and you won't have any more problems.
can't live w/o my tea in the morning
People drinking tea have made me sick.
And there was a fiasco in a Chinese restaurant, where the waiter spilled my tea. I demanded a free tea set, but those cheap louses wouldn't give me one.
R34- What kind of Earl Grey do you get? I've only encountered mild EG's.
Like like my teas strong- I like getting the tea sweats.
According to this ad, Bigelow green tea is grown in South Carolina. I've also heard tea blends should be avoided, as the tea can come from anywhere, which means some of it is probably from Japan.
If you think that's troubling, R40, tea grown in Japan is a source of great pride for the region. As the new tea leaves for the year are picked, there are many public ceremonies of schoolchildren going on field trips to pick tea leaves from the trees and drinking the tea at the farms, as well as public ceremonies in other locations with children drinking the tea. Those ceremonies went on this year even though it was known the tea was unsafe. One commenter in a Japanese paper said something to the effect that the kids were just going to have to "sacrifice" to do this, as it was Japanese tradition, and it was more important for them to learn to be be "Japanese" than be protected from radiation, and outsiders "wouldn't understand." Really.
If you're concerned about Japanese food, stay away from rice too, some was shipped over the limit. Rice is grown in America and many other places. Generally speaking, observance of the radiation standards is voluntary, a lot of contaminated foodstuffs are being shipped abroad.
Japanese citizens are complaining that food labels in the Japanese marketplace are misleading, Fukushima prefecture food is mixed up with foods from other prefectures with an identical looking label, place of origination is printed very small or in hard to read ornate writing. The government is allowing manufacturers to mix food over the limit with the same type of food not over the limit, to lower the total becquerel count to sell it. Radiation is cumulative, you're better off just avoiding it as much as you can. Many of the foods we eat in the US have no markings showing the point of origination, they say "packaged in..." or "distributed by" with an American location. No way of knowing where it's from in many cases. You can probably find out something on the company web site though.
I'm now wondering if OP is having acid reflux as some posters mentioned, I had it until my gall bladder was removed. Try decaf mint tea, OP, and see if that bothers you. If orange juice or tomato sauce bother you, that could be it. And check the point of origin when you buy.
From ex-skf, December 13:
The US peacetime limit for radioactive cesium in water and drinks is 3.0 picocuries, or 0.1 becquerel/liter. The same for food is 170 becquerels/kg.
The US FDA has the Derived Intervension Level (DIL) which is 1200 becquerels/kg, and the level of concern at 370 becquerels/kg to govern the domestic food in interstate commerce and the imported food as a non-enforceable "recommendation".
Scanning the official webpage of Shizuoka Prefecture where the results of tea testing are published, you'll notice that testing seems to have been one bag at one tea plantation in one city. We know how well the similar testing of rice in Fukushima Prefecture has turned out to be.
•Number of teas that tested with radioactive cesium: all of 102 samples tested
•Number of teas that tested between 100 and 370 becquerels/kg): 46
•Number of teas that tested above the "level of concern"(370 becquerels/kg) in the US: 21
Tuesday, October 18, 2011:
Radioactive Tea from TOKYO: 3 Exceeding Provisional Safety Limit for Cesium
550 to 690 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium detected in the commercial teas grown in 3 tea plantations in Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolitan government tested 30 teas in early October, and radioactive cesium was detected from 29 of them.
Back in May, three elementary school in Itabashi-ku, Tokyo had the pupils pick radioactive tea leaves (2,700 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium) as part of their social studies activities. But that wasn't, apparently, a big deal since it was not a commercial product.
Of 1,081 brands,
•97 (or 9% of total) were found with radioactive cesium exceeding the provisional safety limit, as much as 2,063 becquerels/kg;
•912 (or 84% of total) were found with radioactive cesium below the provisional safety limit, but as much as 490 becquerels/kg. (I'm counting the number of the brands again to make sure, but I don't think I'm far off.)
They have already sold most of the teas that exceeded the provisional safety limit for cesium.
October 11: A tea plantation in Shizuoka proudly displays the certificate that says the tea from the plantation contains 175 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium, as the proof of safety.
October 2, from Tokyo Shinbun:
According to our research, we have been able to confirm instances of goods being sold after diluting the radioactive cesium content - garden soil and green teas...It has been a standard practice to mix milk from different locations. The same goes for rice...There is no requirement to show the name of prefecture where the product is made...However, for now, we can only count on the voluntary effort by the industries.
I just drank some tea on an empty stomach and it made me so nauseous I vomited. It was Tetley tea. Never again.
NEVER drink on an empty stomach! Or eat on an empty stomach. There are plenty of other fun things to do on an empty stomach, assuming that it isn't your stomach.
Did you drink it plain? Drinking any type of tea plain on an empty stomach will definitely make you sick. Try putting cream in it?
Honey if your tea is making you sick, it's cause the 'mo you're shacked up with, took out a life insurance policy on you and put arsenic in it.
Cold iced tea makes me sick if I drink it in the mornings or when I first wake up. There's something about cold beverages that don't agree with my stomach first thing in the morning. Any other time I'm fine though.
Why are you giving advice to something that happened 6 months ago?
OP doesn't care anymore. Good God, can DL really be that stupid?
This is an interesting thread and has me wondering about the mould etc. I drink a lot of tea (I'm British) but every time I have tea at a particular friend's house, I feel nauseous, although I never actually throw up. He uses a fairly premium brand (Twinings), but does keep his tea in the cardboard box in the kitchen, and the room behind the kitchen has problems with damp. Interesting. I never have this problem drinking tea at home (loose leaf from F&M in case you need to know) or at work (builder's bum).
If i drink black tea on an empty stomach i also feel very nauseous! if i get some food down me (e.g. toast) quickly enough then i wont be sick. Having tea with milk on an empty stomach however, doesnt seem to make me feel sick!
Yes OP. I cannot drink tea on an empty stomach as it makes me very nauseous. I have no problem with coffee but tea kills me.
I would often feel nauseus after drinking tea (but starangely, not coffee). I switched to decaffeinated tea and I never have the problem since. Although its strange that coffee doesn't have the same affect, I am still convinced it was the caffeine in the tea that made me sick.
Please try decaff tea, i'm addicted now!!
I've never puked, but sometimes when I drink my green tea in the morning on an empty stomach I get very queasy, but then it passes. And I have been drinking green tea every morning for at least ten years.
I think when I drink it really fast, it exacerbates the queasyness, but if I drink it slowly, sipping it, then not so much.
This also used to happen to me many years ago when I took my vitamins in the morning on an empty stomach. Now I take them after luynch and there are no ill effects at all.
PG Tipps is an utterly vile tea, OP. Seriously, one of the worst tasting teas I've ever tried. Plus, as a previous poster noted, always drink strong British tea with milk, never black.
I drink different black tea brands... always with milk. As a Brit, I love my tea but have different ones depending on where I am! Tetley, twinings, pg tips, own brand.. it doesn't matter, but it makes me feel sick funnily enough when it's going/gone cold and I take swig without realising. The nausea lasts for ages, it's totally weird. Full stomach or not. Has this happened to anyone else? I know accidental drinking of cold tea is vile, but I am interested if this whole hot/cold tea has made a difference to anyone else. I don't drink iced tea btw.
It happens to me everytime I drink tea on an empty stomach. I have to have something, even a biscuit will stop it. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach is fine. I've put it down to low sugar levels. If it happens I just go get something sweet and it stops, even a handful of grapes will do the trick.
Keep testing the rest of the tea bags in the box
After a lifetime of black tea drinking I do not drink it any more as I feel so rough and faint and sickly (I used to drink it nearly black). If had with food it is ok but I have given it up completely now and always have green tea which is fine. I drink very very strong coffee and that is fine too. This gradually came on about 5 yrs ago when I was 55yrs old. I am afraid I have no answers its just a fact that I cannot drink black tea any more.
Tea on an empty stomach - green or black - can definitely make you nauseous. It's common, especially in the morning, and I (and some of my tea-drinking friends) have definitely experienced it. It's not the age or quality of the tea. Eat at least something small beforehand or with your tea(I often take a few walnut halves if I'm drinking tea on an otherwise empty stomach, walnuts are great at suppressing stomach upset). It might also help to brew a weaker cup.
I always have whole grain toast with my tea or coffee, as I have a delicate stomach. If I were OP I would have tried that first before throwing out the tea.
Proteins in milk bind with tannins in the tea. Agee that milk with strong English tea is a good idea.
I've been drinking gunpowder green tea in the morning....never thought about the Japanese connection
with radiation. Thank DL.
Milk and tea makes me want to vomit. I don't how the Brits can stand it.
Your tea is different to ours. Even Starbucks English breakfast tea doesn't really compare to the good stuff. Two sugars and a drop of milk is the way forward!
R70 -- I feel the same way, but it was explained to me that in England tea is served much stronger than in the States; I can't stand "chai" either - yuk! The only time I ever willingly drank tea in the morning though was at a hotel in Istanbul where the coffee served at the included breakfast buffet was truly vile.
I know this is not the thread for it, but I just wanted to say I hate Canada.
Hah! I started this thread over a year ago and was surprised to see it back up again. Interesting that so many people have the reaction to black tea on an empty stomach. I think it does come down to the tannins. I had a similar reaction recently (without throwing up) when I drank some red wine, which is supposed to contain tannins to varying degrees. I'd drunk less than half a glass with dinner when the reaction started so I just stopped the wine. The nausea took about 10 min. to go away. I'm sure the food helped. Interesting what R69 says about protein binding with tannins.
Tea has a tendency to set off my gallbladder; coffee doesn't.
recently found out that ice tea GREEN makes me puke about 100% of the times after i drink it.
i can drink tea perfectly fine by the way but there's some component thats naturally in tea thats higher in green ice tea for sure. my stomach confirmed it.
im quite certain i could find some spices to mix the green tea with / dilute it so i wont puke (with lemon + water + sugar for example)
For whatever reason, two out of three times this has happened to me have been at Chinese restaurants. The tea made me sick on my stomach to the point of vomiting.
Avoid Celestial Seasonings. They are another company with anti-gay policies.
I did not read all of the answers. I am an avid tea drinker, never black, green, white and oolong are my choice. I drink 10 or more cups a day. Occasionally I will still get an instant nausea followed by vomiting. I never vomit more than a small amount. Caffeine can make you nauseous but unlikely the reason in this case.
HERE IS THE REASON...........Tannic acid in tea. A bite of bland food helps avoid this. Hence tea and crumpets, tea and whatever.
Yes. It makes me slightly nauseated.
I threw up once after drinking tea on an empty stomach. Eat first.
Never. But drinking coffee almost always gives me stomachache.
Don't drink it on an empty stomach.
Teabag,you in danger gurrl!
r83, did you read the post at r81? 10 cups a day? That's way too much. You could have a bone disease and not even know it.
I *heart* R23.
This is very surprising to me. I've never had this kind of reaction. Ever since I was a child tea was the first thing I had after a long bout of vomiting because it was easy on my stomach.
Chamomile tea makes me puke.
I still think it's better to drink tea than to drink pee
If I drink tea without food in my stomach it always makes me feel sick. Other than that, tea has been fine.
the two times I got sick were in Chinese restaurants
Never, and I drink iced tea all day long, including first thing in the morning, sometimes hours before I eat. I've never even heard of getting stomach problems from it.
Don't order it at restaurants unless they bring the tea bag out with the order for you to steep.
Did you use Stevia? You are fucked.
Soy causes me to sweat.
R89, 10 cups a day is not too much. This woman used 100 tea bags a day for 17 years.
' ... made it too stout ...' Lord Mary!!!
I drink at least 10 cups of tea each day. Green, white and oolong, never black tea.
Now and again I will get nauseous and heave while drinking a cup of tea.
The only time I could stand drinking tea before noon was at a hotel in Istanbul, where the "coffee" served at their (included) buffet breakfast was vile enough to drive me to that in desperation.
Long time tea drinker, hot and iced. Don't drink black coffee in the morning (or ever, mostly), because it makes me sick to my stomach even when I've eaten something.
I drink organic black tea that I buy in bulk. No bags. I've never been sick from tea. In the evening I drink mango green tea, also organic. I even have a tea kettle in my office at work and use a French press, because all we have is is coffee or a Keurig with really bad tea.
I thought one can make ones own little Keurig pods at home?