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Tea and Caffeine


Contrary to popular belief tea does not contain more caffeine than coffee, it actually contains about half the amount compared to instant coffee and a third of filter coffee.

Caffeine is found naturally in many types of food and drink. It's also a stimulant so a cuppa can help refresh you for a demanding and tiring afternoon ahead. We are not aware of any internationally recommended maximum levels for healthy adults but the UK Food Standards Agency has determined that a pregnant woman should restrict her daily caffeine intake to 200 mg per day (or 5 cups of tea!).

For more facts on caffeine found in tea go to our tea fact sheets.

So why not take full advantage of your tea-breaks at work, or make time for afternoon tea whilst out shopping, and remember that tea is not just a great drink, it helps to keep you hydrated too!


Tea4health is dedicated to bringing you the facts about how tea, the world’s favourite drink, can help you maintain your health as part of a balanced diet and healthy, active lifestyle. If you need questions answering about tea and looking after your health, or if you want to know why drinking at least 4 cups of tea a day is a good way for you to help maintain your health, then look no further – this site provides a wealth of information that can help.

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