Is Tea Healthy for You? Know the Amount of Caffeine in Tea

by WriterArtist

Many start the day with a cup of tea. Many also wonder - is tea healthy for you; you might already know that the amount of caffeine in tea is lower than coffee.

Tea is a lot healthier compared to coffee and other beverages like alcohol and it is consider healthy beverage in many parts of the world. Tea is the best friend for people who want to release fatigue faster and supplies an extra boost and adrenaline surge without the harmful effect of steroids.

Is Tea Healthy for You?

I am like many others, pretty conscious about the health and the ingredients of tea and coffee. When it comes to the amount of caffeine present in the seemingly harmless beverages namely tea and coffee, I want to be sure. In comparison to alcohol; tea and coffee are safe, however; one must be wary about the amount of caffeine in them too.

Tea is known from ancient days, mankind knew how to prepare tea from the tea leaves that grew in mountains and hilly regions where land was fertile. It is thought to be first used by Chinese and brought to the people of Japan and India. Europe got its first taste when the delicious tea landed in the earliest seventeenth century BC thought to be brought by Dutch.

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Is Tea Bad for You?


Not at all, if you consider the amount of caffeine present in tea in comparison to coffee, it is comparatively lower. To understand it better, know the fact that a single cup of coffee can contain an amount of caffeine that is three times the content of caffeine from a single cup of tea. Moreover tea is far healthier, energetic and a great substitute to the coffee. For your daily intake of caffeine, you can easily and safely switch to tea because it can drastically decrease the amount of caffeine you are used to.

So what is the catch?

Not everybody relishes tea as coffee. There are coffee lovers who can sing a song and praise the flavours of coffee for life time. But there is no need to worry, if coffee has found many lovers, so has tea; there are a great numbers of tea lovers whose number is increasing.  You can definitely find your heavenly flavored tea partner just like coffee in myriad variants of Oolong, green, black and white tea. There are many famous brands and distinct aromas to choose from.

Amount of Caffeine in Tea

There are four major variations of tea that are popular among the tea lovers. Black tea, green tea, white tea and Oolong tea are the four variants which contain different amount of caffeine. The content and effect of caffeine depends upon many factors. It also depends on the location, the type of soil used at the altitude, the cultivation and harvesting methods. Another factor that affects the measure of caffeine is how the tea was oxidized during the production process.

Out of the four popular tea variants, caffeine in white tea is the smallest; it varies from 6 to 25 mg for every 8 oz of white tea. Black tea has the greatest amount of caffeine which varies from 25 to 110 mg per 8 oz of tea servings. Green tea comes after white tea when the amount of caffeine is considered, whereas Oolong comes after green tea.

In nutshell, you just need to remember that tea gives you moderate amount of caffeine which dissolves slowly compared to coffee; it can give you the right boost at the start of your day and also in the tired evening hours.

Do you worry about the amount of caffeine in tea?


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Updated: 04/29/2014, WriterArtist
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Do you like tea?

aswriting on 08/07/2014

I love my cup of tea too - but the Russian way. My husband and kids prefer it the British way.

frankbeswick on 04/29/2014

The British have drunk more coffee in recent years, but we are still great tea drinkers.

WriterArtist on 04/29/2014

@Mira - It's interesting to read Frank's comment, I have heard people really benefit from various herbal tea.

WriterArtist on 04/29/2014

@Mira - I guess we need not panic from the amount of caffeine in tea or coffee, as long as we stick to one or two cups of tea and coffee in a day.

WriterArtist on 04/29/2014

@EmmaSRose - I got introduced to coffee after my marriage and since then I have loved the flavour of coffee. I did get a chance to taste some of exotic and local flavours of coffee, and I loved them too.
The hibiscus flavored tea that you have mentioned could be very tempting. I am waiting to try the hibiscus blooms fresh from my small home garden for my herbal decoctions.

WriterArtist on 04/29/2014

@VioletteRose - I am fond of taking my tea the Indian way with lots of milk and sugar. Recently I have cut down sugar after I was diagnosed with elevated sugar levels. I have started taking tea without milk and sugar, surprisingly it tastes good too.

WriterArtist on 04/29/2014

Dear frankbeswick - I thought that British love coffee more than tea. Here in India, the North Indians love tea but South Indians love their cup of coffee more than anything else. I did get to taste many flavours of tea and I found so many of them (difficult to try in this life time) - at one point I wanted to try all of them. Not to mention the varieties of coffee available from Starbucks too.
Nowadays, I am careful because of my health issues and do check the ingredients prior to purchasing. I have however found that tea is quite safe especially the green tea.

Mira on 04/28/2014

Good to see Frank's comment, too. How interesting that his blood pressure went up after giving up tea. Good to know :)

Mira on 04/28/2014

I love those tea tins :):) Great choices to showcase. And good info on the amount of caffeine in tea.

Guest on 04/26/2014

WriterArtist, Thank you for such a pertinent, pleasant article on tea.
I enjoy both coffee and tea. When I drink coffee, I think of my paternal grandmother; I loved the smell of her coffee percolating for breakfast when I'd spend two weeks with her each summer. When I drink tea, I think of my maternal grandmother, who passed away before I turned 6, so I do not have as many memories of her.
My favorite teas are herbal, especially hibiscus.

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