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What About Decaff Tea?
Created on 5/17/2013

Tea - most everyone drinks it, whether hot or iced.

And the word has gotten out that tea is a healthy beverage.

But what about the caffeine?

Generally speaking, brewed tea contains less caffeine than a comparable cup of coffee, though the specific amounts vary widely across brands and the methods used in growing the tea plants (Camellia sinensis). But some folks really want / need to avoid caffeine, or at least limit their intake of it. So they might choose a decaffeinated form of tea.

Good choice?

In most cases, no, at least when it comes to the health benefits of drinkling tea.

Turns out that the process used to decaffeinate tea often removes many of its beneficial properties. Specifically, if tea is decaffeinated with the solvent ethyl acetate it may still taste good but it is unlikely to offer significant health benefits.

On the other hand, if it was decaffeinated using a process called effervescence it retains many of its health benefits as well as good taste.

All in all, tea is a good beverage to enjoy on a regular basis. In most instances the small amount of caffeine present in "full strength tea" shouldn't cause significant effects, and might offer some health benefits, too.

An aside - always limit caffeine intake after 3:00 so as not to interfere with nighttime sleep.

Be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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