Why does green tea contain caffeine

Why Does Green Tea Contain Caffeine?

If you have ever been concerned about the level of caffeine in your favorite beverage then it’s good to be aware of the amounts that are present in things like tea and coffee. Many of us try to avoid the intake of it for mainly health reasons, as it’s often linked to causing rises in blood pressure and stimulating organs like our heart.

When my partner remarked, does green tea contain caffeine I had to say well, yes I think so. There remained a nagging feeling of wanting to find out more about it, and I came across some engaging and sometimes conflicting information. 

Certainly cup for cup when comparing it to a popular drink like coffee there is a lot less, somewhere in the region of a three quarters less. Then I read about green tea having a high amount, even more than black tea. Black tea is made or processed in a different manner and it’s the usual kind you will find on the supermarket shelves.

However this imbalance of caffeine between these two types of tea needs to be looked at under a different light. It has something to do with the fact that it’s a different kind of caffeine, because of the presence of powerful antioxidants within green tea. It seems that this interaction sort of renders it harmless and safe to even those people who have to watch their caffeine intake as part of their diet or wellness regime. 

One last point that is also worthy of a mention is that the caffeine level in green tea is affected by the length of time it is brewed or even if you reuse the tea leaves.

With the popularity of green tea the option also exists of choosing a decaffeinated variety, whether you buy it in its loose, tea leaf form, as a green tea extract within a capsule or an every day general nutritional supplement.

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