Wondering about the amount of caffeine in tea? Here are some tips to help you figure out just how much caffeine is in your cup of tea. (It's not as simple as you think!)
All teas from the Camellia sinensis tea plant (this includes black, green, pu-erh, oolong, and white teas) naturally have caffeine.
A "decaffeinated" tea has been chemically processed to remove most of its naturally occurring caffeine. And, herbal teas or tisanes (Rooibos, cinnamon, peppermint, and chamomile, for example) are naturally caffeine free (with the exception of yerba mate).
According to current research, the tea variety or type - black, green, pu-erh, oolong, or white - doesn't clearly indicate how much caffeine your cup of tea will have. Caffeine levels within each type vary, and caffeine levels between the different tea types are actually very similar.
So, if you think you're safe in choosing white or green tea instead of black to limit your caffeine intake... you may be wrong.
In general, an 8 oz. (240 ml) cup of tea typically contains somewhere between 15 and 70 mg caffeine. And, a cup of decaffeinated tea will still have trace amounts of caffeine - usually less than 12 mg. Click here to view a caffeine chart with caffeine amounts for some common beverages and foods.
Even though tea caffeine amounts aren't clearly indicated by the variety of tea, other factors do affect how much caffeine an individual tea will have. According to Nigel Melican, founder and Managing Director of Teacraft Ltd. (from his comments in the Cha Dao blog), the following factors can affect a tea's caffeine levels:
Brewing time will also affect caffeine in tea (a longer steeping time increases caffeine concentration).
The amount of caffeine in tea is affected by many factors, so a range of caffeine levels can exist within each tea variety. Even so, if you are concerned about caffeine in tea, rest assured that your tea has less caffeine than coffee, most soft drinks, and energy drinks, and it will provide you with a host of health benefits, as well!
And, of course, it's soothing and delicious.
Your body will let you know if you are consuming too much caffeine - listen to it and to your healthcare provider, as well, for your good health.
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Each of us reacts differently to caffeine, so caffeine levels that are fine for one person can be far too much for someone else. Even though caffeine can provide certain physical, mental, and emotional benefits, if you consume too much caffeine for you, you may experience some caffeine side effects, such as insomnia, depression, or a headache.
Please be sure to check with your healthcare provider for guidance and more information, especially if you are pregnant or think you may have a caffeine allergy.
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