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Black Tea: Benefits & Caffeine Levels

What is Black Tea?

All four types of tea are made from the same leaves of Camellia sinensis. What differentiates black tea from oolong, white and green teas is its more oxidized content. Black tea also is the most formidable tea variety, retaining its flavor for several years. 

How Much Caffeine Does Black Tea Contain?

The amount of caffeine in black tea changes according to the type, brand, and brewing method. However, the caffeine in black tea generally amounts to 3% of tea’s dry weight. 

What is Black Tea Good For?

Initially, tea was used as a medicinal drink in ancient China for its health benefits. The health benefits of black tea derive from its polyphenol content, up to 40% of its composition which includes flavonoids, catechin, and ECGG. Some of the many health benefits of black tea include:

  1. Black tea has antioxidant properties which may help decrease the risk of chronic diseases. 
  2. Black tea contains caffeine which can improve focus. The amino acid called theanine in tea can boost alertness. 
  3. Black tea contains catechin which can improve insulin levels.
  4. Black tea may help reduce the risk of stroke.
  5. The flavonoids in black tea benefit heart health. 
  6. Black tea may help maintain the growth of good bacteria in your intestines. The bacteria in your gut have a significant role in your overall health. 
  7. Black tea may reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels. 
  8. The long term black tea consumption may protect against the progression of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. 

Weight Loss with Black Tea

Black tea does not directly affect weight loss; however, some of its effects may induce weight loss indirectly.

Black tea helps the growth of good bacteria in your gut, which in turn aids health and weight loss. Another way black tea may help lose weight is by lowering triglyceride levels and visceral fats. Perhaps the best part of drinking tea is that it is a safe drink with almost no calories like water unless you stir in additives like sugar or milk. One cup of black tea contains only two calories, allowing you to enjoy a beverage without having to think of the calorie intake. But you should never overdo it just like with everything else. Black tea contains tannins, which bind to minerals and inhibit their absorption. An excessive amount of consumed tannins may also upset your stomach.

Black tea vs. Green Tea

Both teas offer similar benefits. Green tea seems to have stronger antioxidant properties while black tea has more caffeine. So, if you are sensitive to caffeine or looking for a hot beverage with caffeine other than coffee, then black tea seems like a better option than green tea. Last but not the least, green tea is more calming thanks to its more abundant L-theanine property. 

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