Drinking Green Tea and Milk

Can You Add Milk To Green Tea? What Are Expert’s Opinions

Culinary art is all about different combinations. The combo of simple elements with tricky ones gives birth to delicacies, like green tea and milk. People do add milk to black tea, but it’s different when it comes to green tea.

Every culinary artist likes to experiment with innovations on their canvas, like green milk tea or mixing coffee and tea

Some people might be wondering about this weird duo, Right? Now let’s explore this addition of milk in green tea in detail.

Milk In Green Tea: Yes or No?

Well, yes, you can add milk to matcha tea. But stop for a moment and think you are drinking it just for the taste or health benefits. So if you’re drinking the green tea for health benefits, you have to compromise on the benefits.

Drinking this combo can reduce the benefits of Flavonols (or Catechins). When you add milk to the green tea, it lessens the impact of flavanols in your body.

Milk has a protein called casein that makes chemical reaction with catechins and reduce the benefits.

a cup of matcha latte

Does Green Tea Normally Contain Milk in it?

The simple answer would be no, green tea doesn’t usually have milk in it. Not to mention the fact that some green teas are emerging with milk in the market.

The famous couple is “Matcha Late,” first introduced by Starbucks to their range of teas. Moreover, people also drink “Matcha Smoothies” and to be honest, and you can make it at home. Now below, we shared how you can enjoy the combo:

1) Balance is the Key

Like many other things of life, your diet also needs balance. You have to ensure what is good for you and what encourages you to continue a particular diet.

Let’s make it easier for you to understand.

If you feel like you should add milk to your green tea, then go ahead and enjoy. If you’re not drinking green tea because you can’t add milk, then you’re losing on the great benefits of green tea. 

So pour milk in your green tea and enjoy some benefits even you have to compromise a little bit. Not to mention that drinking green milk combo won’t have and negative impact on your health.

2) To Compromise

To make a compromise, you can opt for healthier milk. Well, you can add soy milk to your tea as it offers many natural ingredients. 

If you want to dodge the cow milk, you can go for almond milk as well. Moreover, choosing other milk than cow milk will have less impact on the health benefits. Soy milk contains Lecithin that can provide a different molecular structure to cow milk.

A cup of milk with soy beans

Moreover, it doesn’t hinder the benefits of catechins. You can also use less milk, just like the English breakfast tea, to reduce milk’s impact.

3) Use Matcha – Matcha Milk Tea

You can use match over sencha because matcha powder has whole tea leaves. Using matcha can increase the health benefits. Moreover, the milk you use will have less impact than if you add it to loose sencha. Sencha is a steeped version of green tea.

It would be best not to drink matcha green tea at night time because it contains caffeine


Recipe of Green Tea Latte

This recipe is for all those people who want to enjoy the green milk combo despite the benfits.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 63 kcal


  • 1 tea bag Green Tea
  • 1 Cup Fresh Water
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Milk
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamom


  • Boil the water in a pan.
  • After boiling pour the water in a mug. Add the green tea bag and steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the tea bag and add the milk, tea, honey and cinnamon in a blender.
  • Blend it until you get a creamy texture and serve.

4 Substitutes for Dairy Milk with Green Tea

Below are some of the alternative of dairy milk that you can use with green tea:

1) Soy Milk

Soy milk in matcha tea is a healthy alternative to dairy milk. Soy milk has proteins, and it supports healthy muscles. Using soy milk with matcha tea can provide you with great taste and benefits.

2) Almond Milk

It has that earthy tone to it, and it may very well add an enticing fragrance to your green tea.

Almond milk can be a healthy alternative to dairy milk. Moreover, you can enjoy the health benefits that you can enjoy with cow milk.

3) Rice Milk

It has a somewhat salty note to it, alongside a trace of umami. It feels like the ideal ally to an astringent tea if there ever was one as far as milk goes. 

milk for green tea

4) Cashew Milk

Velvety, nutty, and not in every case, simple to stop by. It would be as acceptable in tea as rice milk. This one isn’t for everybody, seeing as cashews can be an allergen to some people.

This option can be the one you might want to give a chance to, as it’s worth trying (of course not for those who are allergic to it).

To wrap it up!

So, not every experiment or combination upshots the expected result. As you saw, with the case of the green milk combo, it was different. 

Although you can drink a green milk tea combo, it’s not a good idea. You have to give up on many health benefits if you want to enjoy the combo.

There is some alternative for people who want to enjoy the combo. You can add soy milk or almond milk to tea to drink it. The alternatives will support the essence of green tea and not perturb the benefits.

Saul Smith
Saul Smith
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