Tea is acidic, but the extent of the acidity depends on how long it is brewed for and the type of tea. The acidity of black tea lies around 4.9 on the pH scale.Continue Reading
A neutral pH level of can be found in pure water, however most food and drinks are at least slightly acidic. There are some alkaline herbal teas such as redbush, peppermint and ginger teas. Fruit juices have a pH level of 3 to 4 in acidity. Sodas and sports drinks have a pH level of 2 or 3.
The acidity of tea can be tasted through its sourness. The stronger the sourness of the tea, the more likely the acidity is to be higher. Many teas contain dominant anions, which are the acidic compounds, are found in tea. Examples include oxalates which can be found in vegetables and fruits, and citrates which are organic compounds found in citrus fruits. Citric acid is often added to teas to adapt the taste, and for those looking to avoid acidic drinks should avoid this addition.
Many teas, such as green and black tea, have very little effect on the tooth enamel and are comparable to water in effect. Green tea may also have oral health benefits due to its antioxidant catechins that are found in it.Learn more about Coffee & Tea
As a general rule, coffee contains more caffeine than tea; however, the amount of caffeine in tea and coffee depends on the brand and type in question. Brewed coffee contains between 95 and 200 mg of caffeine for a quantity of 8 fluid ounces, while the same quantity of black tea contains only 14 to 70 mg.Full Answer >
Depending on the type of tea, an 8-ounce serving of Luzianne has anywhere from no caffeine to 71 milligrams of caffeine. Luzianne's Pour-n-Stir iced tea is completely caffeine-free, but the decaf tea bags still have low levels of caffeine, which is between 4 and 6.8 mg per serving depending on the flavor.Full Answer >
Many Chinese restaurants serve a type of oolong tea known as Shui Xian tea. While restaurants serve a relatively cheap form of the tea, the original drink is dark brown in color with a taste reminiscent of honey and peach.Full Answer >
Although it is commonly believed that tea acts as a diuretic, causing more frequent urination, this is a medical myth that is not backed up by scientific evidence. Similarly, research indicates that coffee does not have a significant diuretic effect.Full Answer >