Behind Man’s Kidney Failure: Excess of Iced Tea
16 glasses a day is probably not a good idea
A man’s kidney failure has been linked to his excessive iced tea habit—but don’t worry, you’re probably not approaching the danger zone. The 56-year-old Arkansas man was drinking 16 glasses of the stuff daily, amounting to a gallon every day, the AP reports. Black tea contains a lot of a compound called oxalate, which can lead to kidney issues, LiveScience reports. “With 16 cups of tea daily, the patient’s daily consumption of oxalate was more than 1500mg—a level that is higher than the average American intake by a factor of approximately three to 10,” scientists say.
The man was hospitalized last year, and his urine contained lots of the calcium oxalate crystals involved in kidney stones.