Tea is Caffeine-Free, Right?

By mahir | May 12, 2011

Photographer: Lindsay Hunt

By Elizabetta Tekeste

This week I’m taking a departure from coffee to clarify a myth about caffeine in tea.

Here are the facts:

1) All teas come from one source, the Camellia Sinensis plant. The drink is a product of the leaves, buds and internodes of the plant.

2) The stimulant known as caffeine is present in the plant and as a result in all “tea” beverages.

The plant derives varieties of tea that include but are not limited to; white, yellow, green, oolong and black.

It’s a popular source of caffeine. After water, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world. So don’t be disillusioned by it’s delicate nature, it can be potent. If you wish to reduce your caffeine intake then tisanes and herbal infusions are what you’re looking for.

Tisanes and herbal infusions may be fruit forward, chocolaty, herbaceous, floral and anything else you want them to be because they are simply a blend of flowers, fruits, herbs, chocolate and whatever else your heart desires. There is no shortage of combinations and flavor profiles at your local grocers or you can create your own at home – here is one of mine!

Now we’re clear right?

Until next week, breathe well and be well!

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