Caffeine Content in Tea and Coffee
Well, I know you belong to that group.
Yes, the group that has doubts about Caffeine. Whether Caffeine contributes to the well-being or not? Another important question arising in mind, consuming Tea and Coffee adds to a healthy life or not due to the presence of Caffeine content in it.
First of all, know in simple words, that Caffeine is a natural stimulant. It stimulates the brain and the central nervous system (CNS).
Let us, deep dive, further to understand the in and out of Caffeine in Coffee and Tea
Origin of Caffeine
Initially known as "theine," as early as 1827 it was found that Tea had Caffeine. Later studies revealed that the "theine" present in Tea was same as that of Caffeine present in Coffee.
Caffeine Content in Tea and Coffee
Technically speaking Caffeine content in Tea and Coffee seems to be the same.
In fact, Tea has more Caffeine than Coffee in the dry form. On the other hand, brewed Coffee has more Caffeine than Tea.
Do you know why? Because two gms of Tea makes 8-ounce cup of Tea and ten gms Coffee required to make the same.
The Indian Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends Caffeine intake for health benefits but suggest limiting the value by not more than 300mg/day.
Tea has a cutting edge over Coffee due to the three reasons mentioned below.
- The amount of Caffeine in Green and White Teas found as very minimal because they get brewed within a short time and in cold temperature.
- An amino acid called L-theanine, present only in Tea. This amino acid aids to alleviate stress and improves relaxation. It gets associated with the Caffeine in such a way that it soothes the body preserving the alertness.
- The antioxidants present in Tea considerably very high when compared to Coffee and thus reduces the absorption rate of Caffeine, resulting in a mild increase of the chemical in the system.
A study conducted by the US Department of Agriculture concluded that individual who consumed five cups of Black Tea in a day following a diet consisting of moderately low fat and cholesterol decreased their LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by about 11% within three weeks period.
Myth about Caffeine
Addictive: Yes, abruptly cutting down on taking Caffeine might result in a headache and fatigue. But Caffeine cannot be grouped under addictive as it does not threaten the economic, social, or the physical health like the actual addictive drugs does.
Caffeine disrupts sleep pattern: Certainly not because the body quickly releases Caffeine even more than the time it took to absorb. Liver processes Caffeine and hence it is short lived in the body. But remember to stop taking Caffeine late in the evening.
Harmful to health: If one limits the intake of Caffeine to no more than 300mg in a day per the suggestion was given by FDA, then Caffeine does not increase the Risk of Cancer, Heart Disease, and Osteoporosis.
The (WHO’s) World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published in the year 2016 that consuming hot beverages above 65 degrees C increases the risk of cancer in the food pipe (gullet or esophagus).
Check this Caffeine Chart to know the Caffeine content of different types of Tea and Coffee published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest organization.
Enjoy Green and Black Tea to stay away from consuming more mg of Caffeine and at the same time not missing the promising health benefits offered by Caffeine
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