Healthy living and healthy eating are slowing gaining a lot of importance in recent times. People are prioritizing health over anything else, even when it comes to consuming beverages. This is a reason why more and more people are choosing green tea as it is a healthier alternative to black tea/milk tea and coffee.
It not only tastes good, but is also full of antioxidants that can boost one’s energy as well as productivity. While green tea has made its name to be considered a wonder beverage, many people have the notion that green tea does not contain caffeine.
The truth is, it does contain caffeine.
Green tea comes from the same plant as the other variety of teas – Camellia sinensis. However, there is a difference in the processing method of the various types of tea. This is the reason why the caffeine content also varies in different types of teas. Green tea undergoes very less oxidization and fermentation compared to other varieties, resulting in less caffeine content.
Interestingly, there is an amino acid present in green tea that is known to offset the ‘overtly active’ effects of caffeine. In other words, the tea acts as a steady and gentle stimulating source of caffeine, boosting and improving concentration. The combination of caffeine and this amino acid create a calming effect in the brain – making it the ideal beverage when one wishes to relax or unwind.
If the regular cup of coffee is replaced by a cup of green tea, the amount of caffeine intake reduces from 100-150mg to just 25mg on an average. Moreover, there are certain ways by which the caffeine in green tea can be reduced.
Ways to Reduce Caffeine in Green tea:
- It is generally observed that the green teas available in coffee shops tend to have more caffeine content compared to others. Therefore, it is better to brew one’s own tea at home.
- The younger the green tea leaves, the more is the probability of having a higher content of caffeine. It is important to choose the correct green tea leaves.
- A blended green tea, for example green tea with lemon will contain less caffeine compared to pure green tea.
- Tea bags are said to contain more caffeine compared to loose tea leaves.
- The brewing method has to be correct. A lot of people brew green tea in boiling water or else keep the brewing time more than 4-5 minutes. This actually increases the caffeine content of the tea. The best brewing method is to take simmering water and brew the green tea for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on individual taste and preference.
- Green tea contains theanine and catechins, which are known to reduce the caffeine activity. When the tea is hot, these molecules combine with the caffeine, making it less effective. Therefore, green tea should always be consumed hot.
Green tea does contain caffeine, but in much lesser quantities compared to other hot beverages. Apart from that, it has a lot of health benefits and has the ability to prevent diseases like cancer, arthritis, cardiovascular problems and many more. Including green tea in one’s regular diet can be a good and healthy choice.