Tea contains caffeine in it, which makes tea addictive.
For some people, tea is not just a drink. It's a social and cultural statement, with its own etiquette and sense of ritual; it provides comfort and routine in times of crisis. Though, in India, it is the same story, with a little twist. Not a day goes by, wherein every adult member of a household doesn’t crave for the morning tea with a side dish of newspaper.
So, what is that people just can’t seem to give up their tea? Well one would be health benefits, and another is that tea is the second largest consumed drink after water. While tea has a number of health benefits, it can also be harmful because of its other ingredients.
Tea leaf contains approximately 6% water, 2% caffeine, 17% albumin, 8% soluble substances, 8% toxic substances, 2% dectrine, 3% pectic acid and pictine, 17% tannic acid, 4% chlorophyll and raisin, 26% cellulose and 7% salt. As, one can see, the toxic elements in tea secretly and gradually affect the body parts, and permanently damages them.
Tea addiction is considered to be one of the least bothersome addictions. The main signs of tea addiction are headaches, brown teeth and dressing like grandparents. Mainly, it is the caffeine, tannic acid and albumin, which makes the drinker addicted.
Although, this caffeine can have many positive effects, such as helping you feel more alert or giving you increased energy, it is equally bad for your health. While the amount of caffeine in a cup of tea varies depending on several factors, such as the cup size, the color tea; white, oolong and green tea may contain less caffeine than black tea.
The amount of caffeine found in tea is less than coffee, energy drinks or caffeine pills, but tea contains slightly more caffeine than most sodas. Thus, the risk of caffeine addiction is higher for tea, which is why, caution and moderation are advised.