Tea Advisory Panel

Caffeine

Contrary to popular belief tea does not contain more caffeine than coffee, it actually contains about 50mg - 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!).

To find out more about tea and caffeine, have a look at our tea and caffeine fact sheets.

Articles and research (2)

Title Date Category Description  
Coffee, tea or Red Bull: what’s the healthiest way to get your caffeine fix? 25th Aug '17 Caffeine Source: The Telegraph
The suitability of caffeinated drinks for children. 19th Jun '13 Caffeine The increased availability of caffeinated drinks raises questions about the level of caffeine that is appropriate for children, as well as the benefits and risks associated with their consumption.

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