Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?
Green tea is brought up a lot lately for its health promoting benefits. But many people wonder if green tea contains caffeine, and if so, how much?
This article takes a close look at green tea and its caffeine content.
So, does green tea have caffeine?
The short answer is YES, green tea does contain caffeine. But there seems to be a lot of confusion out there about how much caffeine it actually contains.
I’ve heard some people say that green tea contains no caffeine, while others claim that it has more than coffee.
The truth is, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee. On average, a cup of coffee may contain up to 150 mg of caffeine! In comparison, a cup of green tea typically contains only 25 mg of caffeine. This is a considerably smaller amount. The exception to this is green tea matcha powder, which is highly concentrated and contains a lot more caffeine. But generally speaking, the average cup of green tea has far less.
White tea contains even less caffeine. Essentially, white tea uses the same tea leaves as green tea, but they’re harvested when they’re much younger and smaller. Black tea, on the other hand, contains more caffeine than green tea. This should help you get a rough idea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has many health benefits. You may have heard, for example, of the weight loss benefits of green tea. Many studies have suggested that green tea has the ability to increase your metabolism, which means you’ll burn more calories and fat as a result of drinking it. These effects aren’t necessarily huge, but they can still contribute significantly to your weight loss efforts when combined with diet and exercise.
The metabolism-boosting effects of green tea are due in part to the caffeine and in part to some other natural stimulants found in green tea. Green tea also contains theobromine and theophylline, 2 substances similar to caffeine and also found in the cocao plant. There’s also an amino acid in green tea called L-Theanine, which reportedly has mild calming effects.
Fortunately, you don’t have to drink green tea to take advantage of its metabolism-boosting effects. Many natural weight loss products contain green tea extract, or you can invest in a green tea supplement for its direct effects. The 2 best-selling natural green tea extracts are NOW Green Tea Extract and Irwin Naturals Green Tea Fat Metabolizer. These are great for getting the most out of green tea’s fat-burning effects, especially if you don’t like the taste or can’t find the time to have a few cups.
Green tea is also an effective and healthy replacement for coffee, if you’re looking to drop the habit. Its lower caffeine content will still give you a bit of a boost, but not to the same addictive degree. And if you drink green tea “as is” you’ll also avoid the unhealthy cream and sugar typically added to coffee.
I’m a big fan of green tea and green tea supplements. I think they’re a great addition to a healthy lifestyle, and a great way to promote weight loss. So drink up!
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