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May 2005 Issue

Fluoride in Instant Iced Teas:
Health Benefit or Hidden Danger?

Q. I read a recent report about a woman who overdosed on fluoride from drinking too much iced tea. Should I stop drinking tea?
A. In a word, no. Tea provides a boon to health by virtue of its naturally occurring phenols. And the fluoride in tea is good for bones and teeth. This incident is simply a case of too much of a good thing.

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