The National Coffee Association reported in 2006 that 56% of adults in the United States drink coffee daily. This percentage is about 112 million Americans. These people drink daily an average of three cups of coffee. Coffee is preferred as a breakfast beverage because of the caffeine content that perks you up in the morning or when you feel you are low in energy. How much caffeine is in green tea?
Caffeine in itself is addictive. It can be similar to the effects of cocaine and heroin to your body. The mechanism of caffeine as an addictive substance is as follows:
- It closes the blood vessels in the brain so you are mentally and physically awake.
- It causes the body to release adrenaline keeping you active and alert.
- It manipulates the production of dopamine so you feel “high” temporarily.
Coffee manufacturers also claim that coffee contains antioxidants. However, the antioxidants in coffee can also be found in other food like Welch Grape Juice, Vitmain water, Frosted Strawberry Pop Tarts, processed cheese and all other food that has BHT and BHA preservatives. The antioxidants in coffee and all these other processed food do not give you the health benefits that you need. The same is true with caffeine in coffee.
If you are a regular coffee drinker, it is not hard to convince you to try green tea. Both green tea and coffee have caffeine which you need to keep you active. Does this mean that neither is good to your health? Certainly not. Drinking green tea has many health benefits that can overshadow the effects of green tea caffeine.
- Less caffeine content. A comparison on caffeine content revealed that the green tea caffeine is lower (30-50 mg) than the caffeine in regular coffee (95 mg) and instant coffee (62 mg). Green tea caffeine can also be a good way to break the coffee caffeine habit.
- Theophyliine and theobromine. Green tea caffeine contains these two substances which stimulate the central nervous system (CNS), aid in increasing renal flow and serve as an anti-inflammatory. You feel active and alert but do not have the temporary high feeling.
- More nutritional value. Green tea has retained many nutritional values because the steaming and drying process of tea prevents oxidation. Green tea has iron, calcium, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and D and the important group of antioxidants called polyphenol catechins.
Drinking green tea can help you overcome caffeine addiction. It is a wise idea to include green tea caffeine in your diet, especially a cup in the morning, as you wean yourself from the coffee habit. Buying high quality green tea from China and Japan will help lessen the amount of caffeine you take and improve your general health.