How does the caffeine content compare to coffee?
A single cup of tea contains roughly 40mg of caffeine, about half that of a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Decaffeinated tea may lose much of the polyphenols in the decaffeinating process.
Herbal teas are a different story Mostly, herbal teas are not really tea at all. They are infusions consisting of herbs, flowers, spices and roots and the correct term is ‘tisane’. Tisanes are not as polyphenol-rich as tea but some offer other health virtues including relaxation, stimulation, energizing and calming.
Make your own Commercially produced bottles of iced tea may seem like a healthy alternative to fizzy soft drinks but with over 800kJ and 13 teaspoons of added sugar, plus a cocktail of artificial ingredients, you’re far better off making your own at home. And it’s so easy! You can even add alcohol for a bit of kick if you like. Try gin, Cointreau, rum or even Malibu.
Basic Ice Tea
4 teaspoons loose tea or your choice
2 cups boiling water
sugar, to taste
fresh mint sprig, for garnish
lemon wedge, for garnish
Stir tea, water and sugar together then chill. Serve over ice with mint and lemon wedges to garnish.
Hint Of Mint Iced Tea
1 litre boiling water
4 teaspoons of your favourite black tea leaves
1¾ cups fresh mint leaves
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup lime juice
Steep the tea leaves, mint and sugar in the boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain and chill. Add lime juice right before serving. Serves 4.
Home Made Peach Iced Tea
1 litre of peach juice
2 litres tea made up to taste
1 cup sugar
¼ cup lemon juice
Combine all ingredients. Strain tea leaves. Chill. Serve over ice.
Raspberry Iced Tea
2 cups tea, strained
2 cups raspberry juice
¼ cup honey
Mix tea, raspberry juice and honey. Whisk to dissolve honey. Serve cold over ice. Serves 4.