Loaded tea has been making waves in health food shops throughout the country, featuring a variety of brightly coloured teas with names like Tiger Tea, Sweet Tart, and Wonder Woman and promises of energy, focus, and a revved metabolism. Loaded tea has exploded in popularity – but is it really as good as everyone says? Continue reading to learn more about what you need to know about loaded tea.
What exactly is loaded tea?
Tea is a classic health drink, being uncomplicated, pure, and high in antioxidants and phytochemicals.
True tea, on the other hand, is a type of fermented tea that includes all of the same components as energy drinks: caffeine, guarana, ginseng, taurine, inositol, and high levels of niacin. It also contains 160 to 200 milligrams of caffeine per single-sized serving (nearly twice the amount in a cup of coffee [100 milligrams]) or a Red Bull (80 milligrams).
Many store-bought blended teas have different additional ingredients, but the most frequently consist of sugar-free syrups and include:
The artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda) and the artificial food dye yellow are found in Herbalife’s Liftoff energy tablet, which also includes several stimulants.
A powdered tea concentrate that includes maltodextrin and fructose, as well as tea extracts and additional caffeine powder.
Is loaded tea good for me?
Loaded tea has a lot of stimulating drugs in it, which can make us feel restless and jittery. They can also disrupt our sleep, causing us to feel weary and hungry for carbs while looking for more caffeinated refreshments.
Taking these factors into account, you should think of loaded tea in the same light as an energy drink rather than a genuine, unadulterated tea. Limit your consumption of loaded tea to one serving per day, and avoid drinking it after lunch if possible.
You could also consider sipping only half of the drink, putting the rest away for later. Alternatively, to give it more volume and prevent wasting any, dilute it (making it half-filled tea and half iced herbal tea) or save the rest for the following day.