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Healthy Foods: Does Green Tea Contain Caffeine?

  By posted Jan 30th 2014
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Healthy Foods: Does Green Tea Contain Caffeine?



Caffeine can leave one dehydrated, it can increase one's heart rate, anxiety levels and irritability. If you plan to shift to green tea for its health benefits, you should know that green tea contains some amount of caffeine. Today, we take a look at how much caffeine is present in green tea.

A person who consumes more than 300 mg of caffeine can have increased anxiety. Although reduction in caffeine helps to bring down anxiety levels, it should be done gradually. Excess intake of caffeine results in disorientation, irregular heartbeat, frequent urination and gastric disturbances. Caffeine addiction can also lead to irritability and nervousness.

Caffeine content in green tea:

One cup of coffee: 100-150mg of caffeine
One cup of green tea: 25mg of caffeine

Making a shift from coffee to green tea will only reduce your caffeine intake but it will not eliminate it from the body.

Generally, individuals consume green tea for weight loss and do not pay attention to the side effects associated with caffeine. But the type of green tea you select also makes a difference. For a healthy option, choose green tea, which is not treated with chemicals and avoid boiling it, as it destroys the antioxidant flavonoids. Avoid green tea bags as they contain higher levels of caffeine. 

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