Thursday, September 6, 2007

Decaffeinated Tea

Decaffeinated teas are commercially available. However, the process involves chemicals which may leave traces after the processing.

How are coffee, tea and colas decaffeinated?

The process of decaffeinating tea using chemicals not only removes the caffeine content but also some of the health promoting nutrients and polyphenols found in the tea leaves.

There is an alternate way of making a decaffeinated tea right in your home. How about that? A caffeine free tea which you prepare yourself. The process uses no chemicals and can remove up to 80% of the caffeine from the tea leaves. How much caffeine will be left will depend on the source (black tea, oolong tea, green tea).

Caffeine is very water soluble compared to the antioxidants (polyphenols) in tea. It means that caffeine easily combines with water when it makes contact with it. The higher the water temperature, the faster the caffeine combines with it. Here's what you'll do to make your tea almost caffeine free, approximately 80% caffeine free.

  • Boil some water
  • Place your tea leaves in a separate container
  • Pour some boiling water in the container where you placed your tea leaves.
  • Allow to steep for 30-45 seconds.
  • Discard that water which now contains a lot of caffeine from the tea leaves.
  • Boil the water again then pour it in the container and allow to steep for 2-5 minutes
  • You can now drink and enjoy your home made decaffeinated tea.

You can drink more cups in a day without worrying of the side effects that caffeine may bring to your health.

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