There are few things as refreshing as a nice cup of tea or coffee, especially in the early hours of a workday morning, but for some people, that refreshing drink has to be followed up with a couple of antacid tablets. Black tea and coffee are both relatively high in acid, and that means that those with a weak digestive system or a propensity towards heartburn may end up feeling the effects of their morning drink throughout the course of the day. There are alternatives that can be used, though, and all without having to deal with an unhealthy bout of acid reflux. For many, that alternative is green tea.
Is Green Tea Acidic as Black Tea or Coffee?
Before we set about answering that question, let’s take a look at what it is that makes black tea and coffee so rough on those who have problems with acid reflux. There are stimulants, the most common of which is caffeine, known as methylxanthines in tea and coffee, and it has been shown that those ingredients affect a part of the body known as the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES act as a seal of sorts that prevents acid from splashing up into the esophagus, which is what happens when you experience acid reflux, but when it is in a loosened state, the barrier that it puts up becomes compromised.
Regarding the question about is green tea acidic, there has not been very much done in the way of research on the acidity of green tea, and the effect that it has on the LES, and it is often down to the individual drinker to see how it works for them. What is known is that green tea has a lot less caffeine than what you would traditionally find in tea and coffee, which is why so many people say that they do not get issues with heartburn and acid reflux when they regularly drink green tea instead of coffee and black tea.
The Types of Green Tea Available
In the previous section, we were basically talking about green tea that has been brewed as you would a regular cup of tea. That is not the only type of green tea out there, though, and the type that you drink may or may not have an effect on the acid levels. Perhaps the unhealthiest option when it comes to green tea is the kind that you find in bottles at your local grocery store. Many of these teas come loaded with ascorbic acid which, as you might have already guessed, increases the acidity level of green tea. There are also green tea blends available, with ingredients like mint added to the mix, and these too can have an impact on the acidity of your beverage.
At the end of the day, it really does all come down to your own personal reaction to the acid content in green tea. For many people, the impact is a lot less than what they get with black tea and coffee, and when you add in the many health benefits that green tea delivers, it just usually comes away being the better beverage option.