Green Tea and Caffeine

December 17, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Caffeine Info and Findings on Green Tea:

I REALLY have to watch my caffeine, especially in the winter with other compounding factors that tend to make my heart act like a freight train with a bad timing motor.  My BIL and I were discussing grean tea and could not decide whether or not it was “naturally decaf”. He said “yes”, I said, “No, because they sell decaf green tea.”  We never came to a solid conclusion on the matter. 

So, here we go, and as a note, I was right!  BILs…what do they know anyway?  😀

This article says that green tea has, in general, about half the caffeine of normal black tea, but it IS still caffeinated.  I usually drink decaf black tea, so this comparison doesn’t really impress me or apply to me.  (As a note: Luzianne is my tea of choice for decaf). 

That’s still a lot of caffeine for me.  I got a brand of green tea at the Dollar Store that costs about the same as the dacaf Lipton I’d been drinking, but it didn’t have any info about caffeine on it; todayI can’t find the info on the web.  It is CloverValley’s Green Tea by Dolgencorp, Inc.  It has a WONDERFUL taste, even better than Lipton, I’d say.  But, caffeine?  Who knows?  The jury is still out.  Probably about half of normal black tea is about all I can guess, which is still often too much for me to risk.

Watch the method of decaffeination:  There are different ways to decaffeinate tea, according to sources on the web which will remain “unlinked” for purposes of time!  There is the chemical method and the natural method.  Basically, if they chemically decaffeinate, it can take out all the health benefits grean tea is known for.  So, be careful.  Lipton’s decaf claims to have a lot of the flavonoid content still, (130 in the decaf version) as compared to Orange joice at 36, broccoli at 10 (I don’t know what they are calling a serving size on those veggies as compared to one cup, but the graphic looks impressive).

How do I fix my green tea?  And why dis Maggie start drinking it? 

Why:  Variety.  Presumed health.  

I was tired of sweet drinks and heavily creamed coffee.  I got hooked on the citrus flavored green tea a while back in the prebottled variety (it’s quite refreshing, I think), but I saw it on the shelf and thought that at home, I could drink by the cup rather than by the bottle!  I wanted to try some warm tea for winter, so now I’m drinking it warm.

How?  Nuke a cup of water for 1min 30sec (or boil if you prefer).  Soak a teabag in the cup (individual serving size) for about 2 min (do another kitchen job).   Squeeze teabag gently.  Remove.  Add one packet of splenda (must be stirred to disperse sweetener with a spoon, even though it dissolves quickly)

Special Note:  I recommend a cup warmer, otherwise, especially for busy folks, the cup will go cold about the time you have time to want a warming sip.  It dehydrates and gets quite hot on the warmer (You could probably brew a cup of tea on it if you had time).  Just add a bit of water back to your beverage.  I love my cup warmer in the Christmas season, it keeps me a warm beverage just right while I do gift wrapping –still warm when I take a break!

Enjoy!

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