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All about caffeine

Ah, caffeine. The war wages on: healthy stimulant or damaging toxin? Different schools of thought teach different uses for caffeine; some say it's okay to drink caffeine everyday, while some say it should be avoided like a GMO.

In general, the DeeBee's team likes to think caffeine is healthy in moderation  if it is not being used to regulate your body like, for example, drinking it to wake up in the morning (of which many of us are guilty, we know). Of course, our favourite source of caffeine is tea. That said, from our experience, TeaPop fans prefer an herbal, caffeine-free tea. They worry non-herbal teas are as high in caffeine as coffee. Lucky for you, dear readers, non-herbal teas (like black and green tea) are a naturally lower source of caffeine.

For every eight ounces of coffee (that's about a mug's worth), you're swallowing about 90 mg of caffeine. Compare that to about 45 mg of caffeine in eight ounces of black tea. Now, measuring caffeine content is a sticky business because it varies with the world's varying coffee beans and tea leaves, as well as the market's varying brands. For example, a study published by the Journal of Food Science showed Stash's Dragonwell green tea brewed 47.8 mg of caffeine, whereas a Celestial Seasonings' green tea brewed 12.0 mg. The strength of the caffeine in your cup is also dependent on the length of time you brew your favourite beverage  the longer you brew, the higher the caffeine, and vice versa.

While herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free, dedicated coffee drinkers may seek out a decaffeinated drip for their morning fix. What decaf fans may not know is:

  1. Decaffeinated coffees and teas may still contain caffeine, anywhere from one to 20 per cent, typically around the 1015 mg mark.
  2. What's more, the process of decaffeinating a coffee bean can include chemical solvents like methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to strip the caffeine molecules from the green coffee beans. So, while you may be ingesting less caffeine, you’re ingesting more toxins.

Our happy medium is tea  herbal, white, black, naturally caffeine-free or with a little caffeine, you name it, we'll drink it!