Caffeine in Tea: What Makes Herbal Tea The Healthier Alternative?

There was a time when I used to get my caffeine fix from soda. Then I discovered green tea. But I realized the caffeine in green tea wasn’t nearly as strong as the soda. Then I realized I should find a healthy alternative period. So my exploration of herbal teas began.

I found herbal teas to be a healthier drink than any of the above. Sure, I still drink green tea for it’s benefits and flavor. Though hibiscus, raspberry, cinnamon, roobios, and peppermint are on the other sides of my teacup. And their all great herbal teas for everyday health and flavor. Really being in a state of health is superior to being a legal drug addict (a.k.a caffeine addiction).

How much caffeine does your average green and black tea contain compared to herbal tea? Keep in mind that caffeine content can depend on how long you steep tea. Steep for 20 minutes and you’re in for a serious dose. Steep for five minutes and the dose won’t be nearly as strong. Tea is always diluted when steeped making it naturally lower in caffeine than coffee.

  • Black Tea 42 milligrams
  • Green tea 25 milligrams
  • Herbal Tea 0 milligrams

That 0 number is looking pretty good. You know what I most enjoy about caffeine-free herbal teas? Their greater variety of flavors than same-old overloaded with sugar soda or plain green tea.

Fruit, mint, sweet, or a complex series of flowery herbs like hibiscus or passionflower. And their all 100% free of an overpowering chemical.

Caffeine in tea, but not with herbal tea

Well, maybe you’re wondering what’s so bad about caffeine? If caffeine gives you energy it must be good, right? Though moderate consumption can be beneficial in improving concentration and reducing tiredness when it stimulates the central nervous system. And this is behind its popularity as a breakfast drink. But caffeine can become an addiction and dependency hard to break. On the dark side, it’s been linked to cognitive impairment, heart problems, and muscle tremors.1 You’ve probably seen reports in the news of teenagers ending up in the hospital after having way too much energy drinks and healthy adults dying after ingesting pure caffeine powder.

I’ve never been a coffee drinker. And the 25 milligrams of caffeine in green tea is far away from the ridiculously high amount in a Red Bull. Surely, the caffeine in tea tastes better than some processed caffeine powder. You can always reduce the amount by steeping as little as possible.

I’ll take my brewed cup of hibiscus over a caffeine pill any day.

Herbal teas are naturally free of caffeine and you don’t need to add any sugar either. So whats the best herbal teas if your just getting away from the caffeine in tea or any other beverage? Below were some of my early favorites:

  • Hibiscus. The always complex brisk, astringent flavor of this tropical flower makes for a healthy and versatile drink.
  • Spearmint. It’s actually better than peppermint because of it’s sweet note yet still very minty.
  • Raspberry. The familiar berry takes the place of the sugary beverages I used to have. It’s tart and sweet at the same time.
  • Cinnamon. When blended with other spicy herbs like cardamom and ginger, cinnamon becomes the epitome of a herbal tea blend.
  • Roobios. The red legume is even purported to be a sleep aide while having an amazing sweet flavor.

Well, I’m off to brew a cup of Raspberry Hibiscus. Certainly I’ve come a long way since the days of drinking soda and discovering the world of teas. Herb tea doesn’t have an addictive compound like the true teas do. Indeed, caffeine-free herbal teas are healthier than caffeinated tea, coffee, soda, or energy drinks and powders.

  1. “Caffeine: how does it affect your health?” http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271707.php

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