Tea is normally one of those things which was previously never associated with the amount of caffeine it contains or any other caffeine related issues. These things were generally associated with another popular variety of beverage with much higher caffeine content even now. Tea was consumed around the world purely out of love for the brew and in some parts of the world, they were used for medicinal purposes as well. Only teas with herbal or fruit infusion are caffeine free.
But in today’s world, there are a number of things which go into purchasing a cup of tea which was not common practise before. For example, health benefits associated with tea is one of the major reasons why people buy green tea around the world. Here we have a look at some of the teas which have most and the least caffeine- while a small amount keeps you awake and fresh, a high dose of it could also leave you feeling completely wired.
This caffeine free tea is famous for relaxing and sleep inducing properties amongst other things
Chamomile tea has now been drunk for ages due to a pleasant taste as well as some of the other medicinal benefits that it contains. It is derived from the Asteraceae family of plants and while the basics of the tea will remain the same, chances are chamomile tea will be different in places around the world since there are so many varieties of this plant. While most people know that chamomile tea is meant to be drunk, a side benefit is the liquid can also be applied directly to the skin for treating certain types of rashes and other skin related diseases.
These are the least processed out of the common varieties of tea that are available everywhere
This tea is known to have a delicate and light taste and contains a very low quantity of caffeine compared to other teas as it goes through minimal processing. An interesting fact about white tea is that a number of people switch from green or black tea to white tea because of health reasons. Also, when compared to the other popular varieties, one distinguishing factor is that while other teas like green and black are made from mature leaves, white tea is mainly prepared from buds that are not crushed or rolled during manufacture.
Arguably the favourite candidate around for the health benefits that tea has become famous for
Green tea has now been around for ages and was used a lot in the years gone by in China for the medicinal properties. Typically (though this is a highly debated topic), green tea undergoes a higher amount of processing than the above mentioned white tea and generally contains a higher caffeine amount when compared. This is not always the case though, to be fair. The caffeine in green tea acts as a moderate stimulant and does not give highs and lows as compared to other beverages with much higher caffeine content. One thing about green tea is that it can be flavoured or scented to give it a particular appeal.
Originated in China but is now a firm favourite all around the world due to the diversity it has
Oolong is a semi oxidized tea and that is the central reason that this variety of tea retains the freshness and brightness along with the appearance (to an extent) of green teas while it also has the body which is generally expected from a cup of black tea. As a result of this sort of processing, oolong finds itself in between the two traditional tea heavyweights, green and black tea, when it comes to caffeine content. The leaves are withered and then rolled and at times, the rolling is also done by hand.
Undisputed heavyweight in the world of tea drinking also has the highest caffeine content among popular teas
The above is nothing to be alarmed off though. Black tea naturally contains more caffeine than its counterparts but the levels are below anything which could trigger off any signs of alarm. This is purely due to the amount of processing it has to undergo. Some of the black teas are the best choice for that kick-start in the morning for people who do not want the same sort of kick that a cup of coffee would give first thing in the morning due to a much higher caffeine content.
The main thing to remember is that every cup of tea, no matter the variety, contains a caffeine amount which is not harmful to the body. The thing to keep in mind is that the amount of cups of tea drunk on a regular basis should be kept in check since different bodies and conditions react differently to the amount of caffeine intake. Another important thing to keep in mind is that the numerous types of tea all differ when it comes to caffeine content- even if it could be classified under the same category of tea. Drink in moderation and enjoy all the benefits that a cup of tea has to offer.