Does Lipton Tea Have Caffeine?

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For many adults, drinking a cup of tea is an essential morning ritual. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Most Lipton teas contain some caffeine. Decaffeinated teas contain very little, only 4 mg per serving. If you want to avoid caffeine completely, herbal teas are a good choice. They are not made from tea leaves, so they do not contain caffeine. If you are used to drinking large amounts of caffeine each day, try to cut back slowly rather than stopping abruptly. This will minimize any withdrawal symptoms you experience.

Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine is a popular stimulant that can help you wake up in the morning and remain alert throughout the day. Its effects can last for several hours, so if you enjoy a late afternoon cup of tea, the caffeine could impact your ability to sleep. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. If you have been consuming caffeinated beverages for years, you probably have built up a tolerance to the drug and a cup of tea at four or five in the afternoon may not have any effect at all on your ability to sleep. However, if you are highly sensitive to caffeine or are not used to it, the same cup of tea may leave you feeling jittery.

Safe Levels

According to guidelines published by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, 300 mg of caffeine per day is a moderate amount. Children should be limited to much less—35 to 40 mg per day, according to guidelines published by the South Dakota Department of Health.

Brew Time

There are two major variables that affect how much caffeine you consume in your —brew time and cup size. The longer you allow your tea to steep, the more caffeine is extracted from the tea leaves. Lipton recommends a brew time of two to five minutes, depending on how strong you like your tea.

Caffeine In Black Tea

A cup of Lipton Cup Size Black Tea brewed for three minutes contains 55 mg of caffeine. A cup of Family Size Black Tea contains only 40 mg. Lipton decaffeinated black tea contains four to five mg of caffeine per serving.

Caffeine In Green Tea

Lipton 100 Percent Green Tea contains about the same amount of caffeine as Lipton Black Tea: 45 mg per serving. Lipton flavored green teas contain between 15 and 30 mg of caffeine per serving.

Caffeine In Iced Tea

Iced tea contains caffeine, although it generally contains less than its hot counterparts. Lipton Original Unsweetened Iced Tea contains 24 mg of caffeine per serving. Iced Green Tea contains only 9 mg of caffeine per serving.

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