Are you putting forth effort to reduce your caffeine intake? If you’re ditiching coffee and soda for tea, you’ll want to educate yourself on which teas are the lowest in caffeine. This primer will help you distinguish caffeinated teas from teas that don’t contain caffeine.
If you’re switching from drinking coffee, you maybe interested to learn an eight-ounce serving of coffee contains 150-200 milligrams of caffeine. You can use this scale to compare teas, which is presented from highest level of caffeine to lowest.
If you’re trying to avoid caffeine, take black tea off your list–it usually serves up 60-90 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces. Black teas are the foundation of traditional iced teas as well as Earl Grey and both Irish and English breakfast teas. Most people drink it either with lemon or with milk and honey.
If you drink oolong tea, you’ll be taking in 50-75 milligrams of caffeine each time. That’s what you usually are served in Asian restaurants. Drink it plain, without adding anything.
Green tea usually contains 35-70 milligrams of caffeine. You can find a variety of green teas, most of them combined with lemongrass, all of which are best served plain.
White teas usually deliver 3-55 milligrams per cup. A lot of people love white tea for it’s smooth taste.
There are a variety of caffeine-free teas, including red rooibos and herbal teas. Look for redbush tea (that is red rooibos), and drink it with honey and a touch of milk. When checking out herbal teas, you’ll discover there are a myriad of choices containing all combinations of rose hips, berries, citrus zest, spices, and mint leaves.
One last tea is caffeine-free but not stimulant free; yerba matte. You can find yerba matte everywhere in South America. People like the way the stimulant in yerba mattte makes them feel, since it is a gentler stimulant.