5 myths about tea you absolutely need to know.
Green tea has the most caffeine
I’m not sure why this is a thing but I hear it constantly. “Well, I don’t want to drink green tea, I’ll be up all night!”. The truth is, all tea has caffeine (except herbal tea, but more on that later), the amount varies depending on the type of tea, how it’s produced, and how it’s brewed.
Peppermint tea is good for an upset stomach.
While peppermint can definitely sooth your tummy problems, it’s not necessarily a good answer for everyone. Peppermint can actually irritate the stomach more than people realize. And for people who have acid reflux or GERD, it can make your symptoms worse. A better alternative is ginger tea! You can try my Calm the Viking herbal blend: chamomile, ginger root, and raspberry leaf. It was developed for digestion issues!
Herbal tea is tea.
This is a big one. The tea plant, Camellia Sinensis is what makes tea tea. Herbal tea isn’t even considered tea; in the tea world connoisseurs call herbal tea a “tisane” (tiz-an). Sometimes it’s even referred to as a concoction (sounds witchy, right?). That’s because herbal teas don’t actually contain the tea plant- just herbs, spices or other plants that don’t have any caffeine. But technically, tea is anything that is brewed in water (hello, beer is tea!). Confused yet?
Making loose leaf tea is time consuming.
Au contraire! Making loose leaf tea can be sooooo easy. That’s the cool thing about it- so versatile! You can choose to take a lot of time to brew your tea with a bunch of fancy contraptions, or you can literally spend 5 seconds and throw a scoop of tea into your own compostable tea bag.
Green tea is better for you than black tea.
Though green tea does have great health benefits, it’s made from the same exact plant as black tea! In fact, the only reason green tea is widely accepted as “healthier” than black tea is because there are more studies done on green tea than black. The truth is, they’re both beneficial to your health for various reasons, but one is not better than the other.
So there you have it! Did you believe any of these myths yourself? Consider yourself a tea expert now.