Tea drinkers in colonial Boston looked forward to the lift brought about by the caffeine found in their teacups. Today, caffeine remains the world’s most popular drug, easily surpassing nicotine and alcohol. And more than 85% of Americans ingest significant amounts of this legal drug on a daily basis—usually via coffee, tea, cola, or chocolate.
While most consumers can easily tolerate 300mg of drug daily, you might want to avoid caffeine up to eight hours before bedtime if you desire a restful sleep.
With tea consumption on the rise, more and more tea drinkers want to know about tea and caffeine. Unfortunately, there is much misinformation that needs to be dispelled. Here are the top five questions my audiences ask about tea and caffeine:
1. Both green and black teas were tossed into Boston Harbor. Does green tea have less caffeine than black tea?
Not always. Tea internet sites are filled with contradictory assumptions about caffeine content found in the four major tea families. Many claim that green teas have less caffeine than oolong or black tea, and white tea has the least of all. Modern laboratory studies disprove this assumption.