It is a well known fact that Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world after water and beer. While this magic potion has gained a lot of popularity world-wide, there are also a lot of speculations about the drink. Whether you’re an avid tea lover or you’re just getting started, you probably have a lot of questions. What’s the best way to brew tea? Are loose leaves better than bags? Does black tea really have more caffeine than other teas?
Tea has a mysterious appeal to it. Perhaps it’s because it’s been around for centuries and used to treat all types of ailments or maybe it’s because it comes from all over the world. With wonder comes myths, and there is certainly no shortage of tea myths. Check out some of the myths and facts that you need to know about tea.
Myth: Herbal teas are true teas
True teas including black, green, white and oolong come from the camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas are made by steeping fresh or dried flowers, herb, seeds, roots or plant barks in hot water. The so-called “teas” are really called tisanes.
Fact: Green tea has caffeine
Green tea has about 35 milligrams per cup. Iced green tea also contains caffeine — about 15 milligrams per 16 fluid ounces. If you’re an avid green tea consumer, be careful—the caffeine can add up quickly.
Myth: Decaffeinated tea is caffeine free
Decaffeinated teas do contain some caffeine, about 2 to 10 milligrams per cup. If you’re looking to go caffeine free, herbal teas are your best bet. If you do go for the caffeinated stuff, keep in mind that the amount of caffeine differs from tea to tea: Black tea has around 60 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces, about double that of green tea.
Fact: Tea can help you meet your daily fluid needs
Many folks believe that tea doesn’t contribute to your daily fluid needs. Studies show that caffeinated drinks don’t have a negative effect on your hydration status. However, caffeinated beverages can cause you to lose some fluid so consume them in moderation.
Myth: Herbal tea is safe during pregnancy
Many women avoid regular tea during pregnancy and turn to herbal teas instead — but they aren’t all necessarily safe. Some herbal teas contain ingredients that either haven’t been fully researched or may have a negative effect on the fetus. Speak to a registered dietitian or doctor before consuming herbal tea when you’re expecting.
Fact: Adding a spritz of citrus to tea is healthy
Tea contains natural plant compounds called flavonoids, which have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. To maximize the power of flavonoids, it’s best to drink freshly brewed tea. Brew a fresh batch and add a spritz of lemon or orange juice in order to help preserve the flavonoids.
Myth: Drinking green tea will burn fat
Unfortunately, green tea has been hyped up as a magic weight loss solution. This myth comes from the fact that green tea contains a stimulant which does speed up metabolism—but only a small amount. If you think sipping on cups of green tea or popping supplements is the answer, be careful. Green tea does contain caffeine, which can be dangerous if you have a heart condition. In addition, green tea supplements can react with other medications.
Myth: Tea doesn’t have an expiration date
If you’ve got bags of tea sitting around for years, it’s time to throw them out. The shelf life of tea is about 6 months. Over time, the powerful flavonoids found in tea are reduced. To get the most out of your tea, store it in a cool, dark place.
Get that cup of tea and enjoy all the benefits that this magic potion has to offer while being aware of the myths and facts. Check out our entire range of teas on our website and say hello to a healthy life!