Tea is one of the most drank beverages in the entire world. A lot of people enjoy a nice cup or two of tea. And there are quite a number of varieties to choose from. There are the plain green tea and black tea. There is also tea mixed with herbs, spices, essential oils and other flavorings to give a different variety of the otherwise plain green tea. Tea can also be given flavor by exposing it to flowers like jasmine.
What is jasmine tea?
Jasmine tea is a Chinese flavored or scented tea. It is one of the most popular scented teas. It is prepared through exposing the green tea (a light oolong may also be used) to the fragrant jasmine flowers at night. The tea is exposed to the flowers at night because this is when the jasmine flowers are most fragrant. And through this process, the tea adapts the scent and flavor of the flower. But jasmine tea, just like other types of tea has caffeine. Or does it? Does jasmine tea have caffeine?
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a substance found in a number of foods and beverages, such as coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, kola nuts, certain medicines, and in tea. We mostly associate caffeine with staying awake. But it affects your body in so much more than just boosting you up and making you alert. Caffeine also affects your metabolism and stimulates your central nervous system. And as the saying goes, “Too much of anything is bad”, so does caffeine. Excessive amounts of caffeine can make you fidgety, anxious, and irritable. In the long run, it can give you insomnia, causing you headaches. Abnormal heart rhythms and palpitations are also an effect of taking in too much caffeine.
Caffeine in jasmine tea
All tea has certain amounts of caffeine. That includes jasmine tea. The question now is how much caffeine does jasmine tea has? Tea has a wide range of caffeine. The amount of caffeine in tea depends on the type of tea, the variety of the plant, and how the tea was brewed. An eight-ounce cup of green tea generally has 5 to 20 milligrams of caffeine. Oolong tea, of the same amount, has 35 to 45 milligrams. And black tea ranges from 45 to 60 milligrams. By comparing the three types of tea, you can say that green has far less caffeine compared to the other two and blacks have way more caffeine. But compared to coffee, the caffeine content of any tea, in general, is very little. A cup of coffee has about 125 to 185 milligrams of caffeine.
So depending on the type of tea jasmine tea was made of, its caffeine content can vary between 5 to 45 milligrams of caffeine. The range is quite wide but since it can be made using green tea or a light oolong tea, the caffeine content of jasmine tea can be derived from the caffeine content of the two types of tea. Unless the tea has been decaffeinated, jasmine tea has a small amount of caffeine. Consuming too much caffeine can be bad for the nerves. But if taken in moderate amounts, caffeine also has some good effects on your body. And tea is rich in antioxidants that protect your cells from damage from free radicals. So to fully enjoy your tea, choose a high quality, loose-leaf jasmine tea. Loose-leaf jasmine tea has far less caffeine and more antioxidants compared to jasmine tea in tea bags.