Busting Tea Myths

Sorting fact from fiction around the popular beverage.
Published April 12, 2022

There are tons of “facts” floating around about tea that it often becomes difficult to figure out exactly what’s true and what might just be hearsay. Let’s sort the fact from the fiction and find out what we really need to know about tea.

Green tea helps with weight loss – myth

Despite the hype, green tea is not a magical weight loss solution. It does contain a stimulant that speeds up metabolism, but it’s only a small amount. Stick to enjoying green tea in moderation and using overall lifestyle changes including activity, hydration, and good sleep to promote healthy gradual weight loss.

Tea dehydrates you – myth

While it’s true that caffeine is a mild diuretic (meaning it makes you pee), you’re still taking in a significant amount of fluid with that dose of caffeine in your mug..

There are thousands of kinds of tea – fact

There are reportedly about 3,000 types.

Tea doesn’t expire – myth

Actually, tea has a shelf life of about six months. And it’s best to keep it in a cool, dark place.

Tea was discovered by accident – fact (as far as we know)

According to legend, Emperor Shen Nung discovered tea in 2732 BC when some tea leaves blew into his pot of boiling water.

Decaf tea is completely caffeine-free – myth

Decaffeinated tea actually still contains some caffeine – between two and 10 milligrams a cup. However, this is still drastically less than the 60 milligrams of caffeine found in a cup of black tea, for example.

A lot of “teas” aren’t actually teas – fact

Technically, tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Anything else, like mint tea for example, is actually an infusion.