Tea is tea, right? Usually, tea and herbal tea are often confused, one for another.
Tea Vs Herbal tea
Tea is made from a tea plant, think about green tea and black tea. On the other hand, all types of herbal tea on the other hand aren’t made from a plant but are infusions of fruit or herbs. That’s why they are also called ‘Herbal infusions’ instead of tea. Familiar examples are camomile, rosehip and morocco mint. This means that herbal infusions contain zero caffeine in comparison to tea.
Oolong vs Green Tea, fermented, unfermented. Both are packed with antioxidants and fat burning properties. Oolong also contains an amino acid called L-Theanine which naturally produces serotonin, -the happy drug-
Peppermint Tea is a delicious and refreshing way to boost your overall health in a number of ways due to its ability to improve digestion, reduce pain, relax the body and mind, aid in weight loss and boost the immune system.
Caffeine is found naturally in the leaves and seeds of various plants. This substance excites the central nervous system. Some benefits are that:
- It can improve alertness for short periods of time
- Caffeine has a positive effect on concentration and performance
- It decreases fatigue
Some disadvantages may occur like trouble sleeping, anxiety and headaches. Besides that caffeine can interfere with the absorption and secretion of calcium and iron.
The amount of caffeine per 125 ml TEA is 30 mg. COFFEE on the other hand contains about 80 mg for the same serving. These numbers are averages because the caffeine content can vary a lot.
How much caffeine is okay? The Superior Health Council of Belgium has established an upper limit for adults at 5,7 mg caffeine/kg per day. Meaning that a person of 60 kg shouldn’t exceed the upper limit of 342 mg of caffeine, which is 4 coffees (of 80 mg caffeine each).
So next time you’re skipping your evening “tea”, because you think it will cause troubles of sleeping, you may be doing this for no reason! If you do love a real tea at night but you feel it interferes with your sleeping, try a herbal infusion instead!
Fun Facts about Tea
- Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water.
- It takes about 2000 leaves to make a pound of finished tea.
- It takes around 4 to 12 years for a tree to produce seed and around 3 years before a new tea tree is ready for harvest.
- Did you know that all of these types of tea come from the same plant? – black, green, white, oolong, yellow, pu-erh.
- The leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant are treated differently to create different flavour profiles!
- There are 6 basic categories of tea: white, yellow, green, oolong, black and post-fermented.
- Rooibos contains bioflavonoids that are believed to block allergy-causing histamines.
- Green tea helps fight sneezing, coughing and watery/dry eyes.
- Rose hips have power to modify allergic responses by decreasing histamine production.
- Tea bags were accidentally discovered by a person selling tea in small silk bags. People did not know how to use it and dipped it directly in the tea pot.
Everybody reacts different to all kinds of nutrients. It also depends on how strong the tea was made etcetera!