It’s no secret that caffeine, naturally occurring in foods and beverages such as chocolate, coffee and tea, is a stimulant. When consumed with frequency, caffeinated treats may become addictive. However, there is emerging research that reveals potential health benefits of this easily accessible substance. Some recent studies even link coffee drinking to memory retention, potentially staving off conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Let’s face it—since caffeine does increase mental alertness, sometimes there are moments when we need our fix to get through a challenging day. Caffeine is the lesser of many dietary evils—as long as it’s coming from a clean, organic source free of refined sugars and preservatives. Processed, chemical-laden foods are much more harmful to the body than a cup of organic black coffee or flavonoid-filled Darjeeling tea.
In addition to our triple-certified, single-origin Sumatra coffee and organic green teas, Organic Avenue offers a refreshing lower-caffeine alternative to a daily cup of joe—the Basil Mint Guayusa Iced Tea. Technically not a tea, guayusa is a naturally-caffeinated leaf that grows in the mountains of Ecuador. It has been used for thousands of years as a source of energy in the Amazon. Guayusa has been said to contain twice the antioxidants and healthful polyphenols than green tea, which may protect against cellular damage. This leaf is also full of chlorogenic acids, which could potentially promote healthy weight management and heart health.
Unlike some stronger guayusa brews, our 14oz bottle of Basil Mint Guayusa contains approximately 45mg of caffeine, whereas a coffee of the same size would contain about 166mg. That’s 73% less caffeine. When comparing it to an 8oz cup of coffee (approximately 95mg of caffeine), our 14oz Basil Mint Guayusa is still 53% less caffeinated.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an average 8oz cup of green tea can contain anywhere from 30mg to 60mg of caffeine, making the Basil Mint Guayusa a safer bet for the caffeine sensitive seeking a gentle energy boost, yet powerful punch of polyphenols.
Ultimately, if you need a pick-me-up and don’t react negatively to caffeine, there are many beneficial options available—cacao, green tea, guayusa, among others. Above all else, make sure the ingredients are minimally processed and sourced organically for maximum nutrient and antioxidant content.