I worked in Japan for almost a year and when I first arrived in Nagoya, one of my first observations was the limited choice of sweet beverage in a convenience store I went to. And this is not unique in that convenience store but also to other stores I’ve been to, where there are more cold-bottled teas than carbonated drinks. There are popular carbonated drinks in those convenience stores but this is new to me, back home it’s all sweets. You can only find herbal teas in a small section of grocery stores. I am more of a sweet beverage guy, I tried Lipton teas once in a while but I never liked the taste of it. And people at work are drinking at least one liter of tea a day. I became curious and tried drinking green tea every day.
We may not think of green tea as having caffeine content mainly because it is plant-based, but it is true. Though it contains less caffeine than coffee, it has enough caffeine content to make you addictive. Weeks later since I started green tea, I got hooked to it. Drinking two liters a day and can’t even go on with my day without it.
Caffeine in green tea is a healthier alternative to coffee. Though it doesn’t give you that sudden boost of energy coffee gives you. Green tea gives you that balanced stimulation that has calmer effects and supports concentration. It is rich with antioxidants and a huge amount of its plant compounds makes it to the final serving, thus, retaining its essential nutrients. Because green tea is mostly plant-based, constant consumption of it is less risky than caffeine we get from coffee.
Amount of Caffeine on Green Tea
The usual amount of caffeine in a serving of 8 fl. ounce in green tea is 25mg. However, the precise amount of plant-based caffeine’s is hard to determine since its caffeine content can be affected by a few variables. The length of the brewing process directly affects caffeine compounds. The longer you brew green tea’s the higher caffeine compounds it produced.
A study also enlisted different tea brands and the amount of caffeine in each product. Some examples are:
- 2g of Lipton tea has approximately 16.4 mg of caffeine.
- 2g of Zen Green and Herbal Fusion has 15.6 mg of caffeine.
- 2g of Stash Tea has 30.2 mg of caffeine.
You may also notice a difference in caffeine levels available commercially. Such as those available in bottled drinks and sold in tea shops. Listed below are few tea products and caffeine levels in each:
- Nestea Green Tea has 16.8 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces.
- Lipton Brisk Green Tea has 4 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces.
- Starbucks Green Tea has 50 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces.
- Arizona Green Tea has 7.5 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces.
How to Slowly Eliminate Caffeine
Caffeine in green teas are less than caffeine’s we find in coffees and completely eliminating caffeine in green teas may seem impossible because of the brewing process but if you want to reduce caffeine intake further, we have enlisted few suggestions you can make to do so:
Avoid coffee shops or tea houses
Apparently, you don’t have control over the brewing process, thus, caffeine levels may be above your standard. Also, caffeine levels in teas available in tea shops tend to be higher than traditionally brewed teas.
Choose green tea decaf instead
There are green tea decafs available in most supermarkets. Caffeine levels in these products are lower than commercially sold greens teas.
Try green tea blends
Green teas blended with pure lemon, lemongrass, or mint have reduced caffeine levels in it. About half of the caffeine content is decreased because it is mixed with other fluids.
Refrain using green tea powders
Instead of drinking the infusion of tea leaves to other liquids, you are drinking the entire brewed content of the tea leaf; which means you are drinking every caffeine content in the tea leaves.
Brew green tea properly
To traditionally brew tea leaves, you have to place them under boiling water for four to five minutes. But if you want less caffeine in your tea, you may have to place under simmering water from thirty seconds to three minutes only.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has numerous health benefits. According to studies, it decreases the risk of cancer, supports weight loss, and improves brain activity.
It has a high content of theanine amino acid-L; which gives a calming effect that promotes focus and concentration. Individuals may mistake theanine alertness effect with the alertness that comes from coffee caffeine. Theanine gives you steady alertness that provides a more sense of calmness.
I love spending my Sunday mornings and afternoon reading a book, and while doing this weekend routine I usually have a cup of coffee beside me. But I find green tea a better alternative, not only because it has less sugar and more fibers but I notice that I am more relaxed and happy when I consume green tea instead.
Weight Loss and Increased Metabolic Rate
A study suggests that green tea increases the body’s way of using energy by 4% which means it burns fats fast. They observed that green tea improves metabolic rate, thus, may support burning fats faster. Though it does improve your metabolic rate, studies say that it doesn’t increase metabolism. It may still depend on the person; his lifestyle may still play a huge factor in his desire to lose weight.
Green tea is considered a weight-losing agent but I didn’t plan to lose weight when I began consuming it daily but since I started my green tea intake and combine it with skipping dinners because I usually come home tired, I significantly lose weight. I don’t know by how much, I’m not monitoring my weight, but the weight loss is apparent. Compared to when I first arrived in Japan, I became thinner and the belly fat has reduced.
It’s Packed with Anti-Oxidants
Green tea is jam-packed with antioxidants that prevent cancer cells to develop. Though more studies need to be conducted, recent research’s observed that people who consume green tea regularly have lower chances of having cancer. A study says that you may not want to put milk in your tea because it makes the antioxidant agents to render less effective.