Foods that should never be paired with tea

Citrus Fruits

While adding a slice of lemon to black tea is common, consuming citrus fruits like oranges or grapefruits alongside tea may lead to acidity and digestive discomfort for some individuals.

Highly Spiced Foods

Foods that are excessively spicy, such as extremely hot curries or heavily seasoned dishes, may overpower the delicate flavors of tea and diminish the enjoyment of both the food and the beverage.

Sugary Desserts

Pairing overly sweet desserts like cakes, pastries, or candies with tea can overwhelm the palate and may diminish the subtle flavors of the tea. Additionally, consuming high amounts of sugar alongside tea may lead to a sugar crash.

Very Salty Foods

Extremely salty foods, such as heavily salted snacks or cured meats, may intensify the perception of bitterness in tea and may not complement the beverage's flavor profile well.

Strongly Flavored Cheeses

Certain cheeses with strong, pungent flavors, such as blue cheese or aged varieties, may overpower the delicate aromas and flavors of tea. Opt for milder cheese options when enjoying tea to avoid flavor clashes.

Fatty or Greasy Foods

Consuming greasy or fatty foods, such as deep-fried items or heavy, rich dishes, alongside tea may lead to a heavy feeling in the stomach and may not pair well with the light, refreshing qualities of the beverage.

Highly Caffeinated Beverages

Pairing tea with other highly caffeinated beverages, such as energy drinks or strong coffee, may lead to excessive caffeine intake and may increase the risk of caffeine-related side effects such as jitteriness or insomnia.