In today’s fast-paced world, many Americans consume tea and other beverages containing caffeine as a way to keep up with the rigors of day-to-day life. However, when it comes to caffeine and its effects on the body, not all caffeinated beverages are created equal. Let’s look at the top caffeinated beverages most commonly consumed and how they compare to caffeine in tea.
Caffeine in Coffee
Beginning alphabetically, here is a breakdown of the stats on coffee. Keeping in mind that levels may vary based on grinding and brewing procedures, a typical 8 ounce serving of brewed coffee may contain anywhere from 95 mg to 200 mg. Consuming too much coffee as a stimulant has been reported to cause numerous side effects such as an upset stomach, feelings of anxiety, headache and problems with insomnia.
Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Often marketed toward the younger crowd, energy drinks are made using synthetic caffeine and other stimulants. Energy drinks contain anywhere from 6 mg to the sizeable amount of 242 mg of caffeine per serving, depending on the brand and serving size. These drinks offer little to no health benefits, and have been suspected of causing adverse effects on the body.
Caffeine in Sodas
Soft drink. Soda. Pop. Soda pop. Whatever you call it, sodas often contain a fair amount of caffeine in addition to other not-so-great ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and phosphoric acid. A typical 12 ounce serving contains anywhere from 16 to 55 mg. Like energy drinks, soda offers very little by means of health benefits and has been blamed for a variety of concerning side effects such as diabetes.
Caffeine in Tea
When it comes to caffeine in tea, there is a wide range of caffeine levels from which to choose.
Zero Caffeine: For those who prefer to sip caffeine-free teas, there is a large selection of herbal teas available. Unlike coffee, which may still contain up to 12 mg of caffeine per serving even when decaffeinated, herbal teas are truly caffeine-free, so you can sip with confidence knowing you are stimulant-free.
Low Caffeine: Nothing offers a gentle pick-me-up quite like a nice cup of tea. For those looking for a mellow boost, 100% white tea and premium green teas contain less than a quarter of the amount of caffeine as that in a cup of coffee. Black tea is also available in many varieties and contains about half the amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Bear in mind, caffeine content levels may vary slightly depending on the variety of tea selected, whether you are using tea bags or full-leaf loose tea, and on tea preparation and steeping times.
High Caffeine: Derived from premium teas boosted with green tea extract, our HiCAF® line of signature teas is a healthy choice for those looking for an extra charge in their day, without the ill effects of other caffeinated beverages. Containing slightly more caffeine than a cup of coffee, the natural caffeine and L-Theanine found in green tea extract and tea leaves combine to give you a hearty, calming boost without the harsh caffeine buzz other beverages tend to bring.
With the number of options above, it’s easy to see why tea is a convenient choice when it comes to caffeine preference. Further, the antioxidants and flavonoids found in tea are known to offer up an extensive list of health benefits as well. It’s a healthy beverage that can’t be beat. The next time you need to reboot and recharge during a busy day, steep a cup of tea and pause to enjoy, sip by sip.