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Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?

By Rob Poulos...

You’ve heard so many good things about green tea and so many bad things about caffeine that most people find it hard to believe that green tea is a caffeinated beverage.

If caffeine isn’t all good and green tea is pretty much all good, how can these two things coexist in one healthy mug? Keeping reading to find out!

Caffeine In Green Tea?

Green tea does have caffeine in it and in fact caffeine is responsible for some of the health and weight loss benefits of green tea. However green tea has a much lower caffeine content (25 mg per cup) than coffee (100-150 mg/cup). So while there is caffeine in green tea, the smaller dosage means fewer caffeine side effects.

Green Tea & Weight Loss

There have been many studies showing a link between green tea and weight loss, and some of those benefits are thanks to the caffeine found in green tea. The two main weight loss benefits of green tea associated with caffeine include increased energy levels, which simply give you enough energy to get through the day and make healthy and informed decisions all day long.

The other major weight loss benefit of green tea thanks to caffeine is its fat burning properties. The increase in calorie burning is also attributed to caffeine, because of its thermogenic effects. Keep in mind however that these benefits can be much more noticeable when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

A special type of green tea discussed here, known as oolong or wulong, has been shown to boost calorie burning by as much as 250%.

Other Green Tea Stimulants

The good news about green tea is that there are other healthier elements found in green tea that are responsible for higher energy levels. Two substances in particular, theobromine and theophylline, are closely related to caffeine because they are found in the cacao (chocolate) plant. These substances provide heart stimulation and a reduction in blood pressure, two significant aspects of weight loss.

Keeping Green Tea Caffeine Low

Although green tea is already a drink that contains very little caffeine, it is best to start with one cup of green tea each day to monitor your reaction. Some people who aren’t regular consumers of caffeine may experience adverse side effects even with the small amounts of caffeine found in green tea.

Although a regimen of 3 or more cups of green tea a day is recommended to aid weight loss and boost other health benefits, start slowly with your green tea regimen.

One factor that may influence the amount of caffeine in green tea is green tea bags versus loose leaf green tea. Many green tea teabags have as much as 75mg of caffeine per cup, which can be too much for someone who has previously been caffeine-free. Additionally, some green tea teabags have a strong, bitter flavor that can be off-putting.

By purchasing loose leaf green tea you enjoy the best flavor imaginable and you can reuse the same leaves for 2 or 3 cups of green tea.

You can also reduce the caffeine in green tea by drinking it hot, rather than waiting for the temperature to become lukewarm or cooler. The catechins in green tea can help reduce how much caffeine is released when consumed hot. The longer you wait to drink your hot green tea, the more the catechins break down and release more caffeine into your cup.

Green Tea As Coffee Replacement?

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your caffeine intake, make the switch to a green tea regimen. If you have no problems related to caffeine intolerance, you can start with a minimum of 2 cups of green tea each day. In addition to increased calorie burning, you’ll also receive health benefits that promote weight loss.

Green tea has been acknowledged as a stress reliever, which can minimize the release of the stress hormone cortisol that contributes to fat deposits. Green tea has other health benefits that include a reduction of cholesterol and blood pressure—two factors closely related to being overweight or obese. By regulating cholesterol and blood pressure you’re already on the road to good health and weight loss.

Perhaps most important of all is that the caffeine found in green tea is so low compared to coffee that you don’t have to worry about many of the caffeine-related side affects associated with coffee consumption. With a few cups of green tea each day you can say goodbye to insomnia, anxiety and nausea.

Finally because you can brew green tea to your desired strength you can drink green tea without any additions or you can add low calorie flavor enhancers like lemon juice, stevia, or honey in small doses.

Now that you know that you can get caffeine from green tea, it’s time to decide whether you’ll make the switch!

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  1. Tonia Tye

    Your size not merely affects the look, but also the general quality of life. Self-esteem, depression, health risks, and also physical capabilities are damaged in excess weight.

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