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Green tea on Paleo

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Created February 01, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I really like green tea. I usually drink 2-3 cups a day (multiple steeps of the same leaves so diminishing caffeine levels) at work. Occasionally I have a cup of black tea but never coffee and I very rarely drink green tea in the morning (never black). I started paleo a month ago and cut all caffeine as part of my program. Since, I've been feeling much more consistant energy levels through the day- possibly due to the no-caffeine, possibly due to consistent blood sugar levels.

But I miss the green tea- not the caffeine per se but the flavor/smell/experience. Herbal teas just aren't the same. The question is if anyone has an informed opinion on the general effect (I know we're all different) of green tea on a paleo diet or advise on whether or not to re-incorporate it into my life.

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10044 · May 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

"the caffeine content of white tea is even lower than its green cousin." http://www.whitetea.com/white-tea-vs-green-tea.php

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1005 · May 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Also, the trick to getting less fluoride is with soil that contains less (and picking the newer buds vs older.) The whiteness you're seeing is just the oxidation of any old leaf and not an indicator. (I grow tea.)

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1005 · May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

White tea has the highest caffeine content, as it's unprocessed. (Processing only removes it.)

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15 · February 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Haha! I'm all about good quality loose leaf too. I have about 1/8 pound of Dragon Well rotting in my desk, bugging me to quit this 2 1/2 month "Paleo Challenge" I'm on. And I agree on the herbal tea- I've become a snob since I've drinking The Good Stuff a couple years ago. Think I'll finish out my challenge and then try re-introducing it and see what happens. If my energy levels start flickering then I'll know it was the mild amount of caffeine. If not then I'll know it was the blood sugar flucuation from my previous diet that caused the mid-afternnon slumps that I used to experience.

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15003 · February 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Did a bit more searching and found that Dean is right. This article suggests you can maybe minimize some exposure by steeping leaves and discarding that first brew, then steeping again. I recall hearing years ago that this was a great way to minimize caffeine from tea as well. http://hanswuhealth.blogspot.com/2011/04/green-tea-fluoride-and-aluminum-dont.html

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1515 · February 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Certain plants naturally accumulate high levels in elements that can reach unhealthy levels when consumed in ordinary amounts. Tea naturally has fluoride and aluminium, cocoa has cadmium and lead, brazil nuts have radium.

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11099 · February 06, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I thought floride content is high in conventionally grown tea, but not organic?

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10044 · February 01, 2012 at 4:33 PM

+1 Thanks for the info Beth.

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10044 · February 01, 2012 at 3:23 PM

You might want to give white tea a try. It's is from the same plant as green tea but less processed. It has less caffeine and more anti-oxidants. It has a sweeter and less grassy taste than green tea. Since white tea is harvested when the plant is younger than when green tea is harvested, white tea will have a lower fluoride content vs green tea.

http://www.whiteteacentral.com/whiteteavsgreen.html

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10044 · May 15, 2013 at 12:30 AM

"the caffeine content of white tea is even lower than its green cousin." http://www.whitetea.com/white-tea-vs-green-tea.php

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1005 · May 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Also, the trick to getting less fluoride is with soil that contains less (and picking the newer buds vs older.) The whiteness you're seeing is just the oxidation of any old leaf and not an indicator. (I grow tea.)

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1005 · May 14, 2013 at 9:42 PM

White tea has the highest caffeine content, as it's unprocessed. (Processing only removes it.)

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15003 · February 01, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Chris Kresser has gotten me to be a bit concerned about green tea due to the supposed high fluoride content that is in tea.

I suppose if you really really like it you could convince yourself that the other beneficial phytochemicals tilt in green tea's favor. Or you might bet that ingesting all that fluoride isn't a concern (seems that many Asians tolerate it).

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10044 · February 01, 2012 at 4:33 PM

+1 Thanks for the info Beth.

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11099 · February 06, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I thought floride content is high in conventionally grown tea, but not organic?

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1515 · February 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Certain plants naturally accumulate high levels in elements that can reach unhealthy levels when consumed in ordinary amounts. Tea naturally has fluoride and aluminium, cocoa has cadmium and lead, brazil nuts have radium.

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15003 · February 06, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Did a bit more searching and found that Dean is right. This article suggests you can maybe minimize some exposure by steeping leaves and discarding that first brew, then steeping again. I recall hearing years ago that this was a great way to minimize caffeine from tea as well. http://hanswuhealth.blogspot.com/2011/04/green-tea-fluoride-and-aluminum-dont.html

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20519 · February 01, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Every body is different - so incorporate back in if you want. Seriously. Loads of PH'ers have caffeine daily, many don't. If it's not the caffeine you miss - I've seen decaffeinated green tea in the shoppes (Bigelow/Tazo/Yogi) might be worth a shot. This one is definitely a personal decision.

Note: If it helps, I have moments where I'm completely caffeine free, sometimes a few weeks/months, etc. Currently am one cup of coffee in the morning, then 1-2 cups of something herbal in the afternoon and evening. On occasion a green tea. For several months it was just a cup of green in the morning. It just fluctuates :)

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60 · February 19, 2012 at 4:23 PM

I think you have to weigh the pros and cons. Green tea doesn't have a lot of caffeine, at least compared to coffee or soda. Second, you get loads of antioxidants. True, you should be getting those form fruits and vegetables. But I see the green tea as a little insurance in case you don't take in as much from real food. Plus, doesn't having green tea with meals help keep blood sugar from riding too quickly? Or is that false? I've been drinking 2-4 cups of green tea per day. I wasn't aware of the flouride issue so I'll probably research that more. But as an alternative to coffee, soda, and other energy drinks, I think green tea is the next best thing to water.

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21405 · February 06, 2012 at 7:16 PM

As another lover of Green Tea (I use loose tea with a infuser and everything!) I can say that for the most part, I'm down to about 16oz twice a week (one full infuser with about 1.5tbsp Pearl, Jasmine, or Dragonwell). This might have to do with the fact that I recently decided that Coffee wasn't evil, and when I drink a cup of coffee paired with coconut oil (eaten separately, I don't add anything to my coffee), I could pretty much last the next 14 hours or so without needing a pick-me-up... so in the afternoon I'm less likely to reach for tea.

Sure, the fluoride is a concern, but I still feel that green tea is a much more beneficial drink than anything else out there for mid-day drinking. And most herbal teas taste absolutely bleh if you are used to drinking the good stuff.

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15 · February 07, 2012 at 4:00 PM

Haha! I'm all about good quality loose leaf too. I have about 1/8 pound of Dragon Well rotting in my desk, bugging me to quit this 2 1/2 month "Paleo Challenge" I'm on. And I agree on the herbal tea- I've become a snob since I've drinking The Good Stuff a couple years ago. Think I'll finish out my challenge and then try re-introducing it and see what happens. If my energy levels start flickering then I'll know it was the mild amount of caffeine. If not then I'll know it was the blood sugar flucuation from my previous diet that caused the mid-afternnon slumps that I used to experience.

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-4 · May 03, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Every person have their own different views but according to me if you check again the pros of green tea then you will be get good points and benefits of green tea.

Green tea reduces the bad cholesterol. Green tea increases metabolism and help to weight loss. It reduces the risk of high blood pressure.

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0 · May 03, 2013 at 8:29 AM

you can drink roobious green tea its caffine free and lovely

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4111 · February 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Is green tea with brown rice even worse than?

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110 · February 07, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I kicked my coffee habit, I manage on one or two a day now. Most times I rely on green tea to sate my need for a hot drink. White tea is also lovely, tastes more like proper tea. Have you thought of trying nettle tea? That's a pretty nice afternoon cuppa.

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3162 · February 07, 2012 at 6:05 AM

I love drinking tea. If you are worried about caffeine try hojicha. It's roasted green tea and it smells amazing and is delicious, rich and nutty and hardly any caffeine to speak of, the roasting process somehow does away with it like coffee (the darker the roast the less caffeine).

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