Let's take a look at some instant teas on the market to see how they stack up and which one is the best for making loaded teas.
We have tried and tasted numerous instant teas as we worked to crack the Herbalife code. When it comes to making loaded teas, it is crucial to have a good instant tea as your base. With many brands on the market, it can be difficult knowing how they differ. A common misconception is that all tea is the same, because “tea is tea.” While these brands do all have tea in them, they are not all created equal. Our goal is to make sure our followers have all of the information to pick the products best suited for their needs.
The Importance of Tea in SLL Loaded Teas
A common question we get is, “Do I have to use actual tea for your loaded tea recipes?” While you can choose what to use or leave out in any recipe, we use a pure instant tea in our recipes for many reasons.
Not all caffeine is the same when it comes to how it affects your body. Synthetic caffeine (like in pre-workouts, energy drinks, and energy mixes like 4C Energy Rush, etc.) has an immediate release effect, typically causing the dreaded caffeine crash. Pure tea is a natural caffeine, which has an extended release effect. Guarana powder, another form of natural caffeine, has an even more extended release. This is the primary reason we use a combination of 4C Energy Rush, Waka pure instant teas and Nutricost guarana powder in our recipes. Together, this trio works as a bridge between immediate and extended release to stay alert without the crash.
In addition, there are natural benefits of using a pure tea. These benefits vary depending on which type of tea used, whether it be green, black, matcha or others.
Why Serving Size Matters
When sizing up different tea options, it is important to know why serving size matters. You will notice on the chart below that we broke down the caffeine content by milligram per gram for comparative purposes.
If you simply look at two different labels where Product A lists caffeine content of 10 mg and Product B shows 30 mg, it is critical to know the serving size. Product A may be a 1 gram serving size, and Product B could be 4 grams. In this scenario, Product A would actually have a higher caffeine content, but the labels could be hard to decipher. Many would grab the product with the highest milligrams listed.
Let’s apply this to a real-life scenario. If using the SLL measurements of ¼ tsp. instant tea with the Lipton Iced Tea, there’s a negligible amount of caffeine. Doing the same with the Arizona green tea with ginseng and honey isn’t much better with only about 3 mg. of caffeine.
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