Benefits of “tannins”, bitter tasting substances found in plants

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Benefits of “tannins“, bitter tasting substances found in plants.

When we drink tea or coffee and felt that it was bitter That’s the bitter taste that comes. Substances that can be found in these foods and drinks In addition to being notable for its bitter taste, It may also have health benefits as well. Today Hello Doctor will take everyone to get to know and what their benefits are. And what precautions. Should you know about this substance?

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What are “tannins”?

Tannin, or sometimes called tannic acid, is a compound derived from phenolic acids and is classified in a group of compounds called polyphenols. L (Polyphenols)

The tannin molecule is larger. Other compounds In the group of polyphenol substances It also has the ability to easily bind to other molecules such as proteins, cellulose, starch, and minerals. Therefore, the are insoluble in water. and more resistant to decomposition than other compounds in the same group

Tannins can usually be found naturally in various parts of plants, both edible and inedible, such as roots, bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, and seeds. Plants produce these bitter-tasting. come To help protect yourself from natural pests Don’t let them come in and eat and destroy the plants. As for food that contains. It can be found most often in foods such as tea, coffee, chocolate, and wine, etc.

Benefits of tannins

Tannins are substances that are classified in the group of polyphenolic compounds. Chemicals whose main properties are as antioxidants. Helps prevent inflammation and may help fight cancer Eating foods high in tannins Therefore can help neutralize free radicals. One of the important problems that leads to the degeneration of cells in the body. and may lead to cancer. Antioxidants like can also help prevent and reduce inflammation. Makes the wound heal more quickly.

Precautions regarding tannins

Although may have health benefits, But eating foods that are high in especially eating too much It can lead to the following adverse effects.

  • Reduce nutrient absorption

It has been reported that Eating foods high. It may result in the body having a lower growth rate. Consume less food and receive less energy from food That is because may reduce the absorption of nutrients in food, especially iron. By attaching to these nutrients Makes it harder for the body to absorb and use. Although the reduction in absorption may not be enough to cause harm. But for those who already have malnutrition problems It may cause the problem to increase even more than before.

People who have malnutrition problems, such as those with iron deficiency. Therefore, you should keep a distance between eating meals. with eating foods high in tannins, such as changing from drinking tea or coffee with meals Drink it before your next meal instead.

  • squeamish

Sometimes drinking beverages that are high in tannins on an empty stomach It can make us feel nauseous and vomit. Therefore, it is best to avoid eating foods high in tannins on an empty stomach. Or maybe add milk. To help reduce irritation in the stomach.