Does Crystal Light Peach Tea Have Caffeine?

Crystal Light Peach Tea is a powdered instant iced tea mix. It is a quick way to enjoy the flavor of iced tea without brewing, then chilling, a glass of traditional tea. If you are sensitive to caffeine, or are on a caffeine-restricted diet, you may be concerned about the amount of caffeine present in Crystal Light Peach tea.

Effects of Caffeine

Caffeine is the world's most popular psycoactive drug, according to National Geographic 1. It is an integral part of many people's daily routine. Caffeine is considered safe, although it can have negative side effects such as headache, nausea, jittery feelings and insomnia. The effects of caffeine can last for several hours.

Safe Levels

According to guidelines published by the South Dakota Department of Health, 300 milligrams of caffeine per day is a safe level for most adults. This is the equivalent of two or three cups of regular brewed coffee per day. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine and should consume less.

Children should consume no more than 35 to 40 milligrams of caffeine per day, according to the South Dakota Department of Health. Many children consume more than this through caffeinated soft drinks. Crystal Light Peach Tea is a good substitute for sweetened soft drinks, both in terms of caffeine and general sugar consumption.

Caffeine In Tea

All teas naturally contain caffeine, unless they undergo a decaffeination process. Decaffeinating tea does not remove 100 percent of the caffeine from the tea leaves, but it does reduce the caffeine to a level where most people, including children, will not feel its effects.

Decaffeinated Alternatives

If you enjoy a glass of iced tea with dinner but find you have trouble falling asleep later, you may be experiencing caffeine-induced insomnia. Substitute a decaffeinated alternative such as Crystal Light Iced Tea, which only contains 11 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounce serving, or about half the caffeine of regular Lipton brewed iced tea.

Hydration And Caffeine

The Mayo Clinic recommends that adults drink eight 8 ounce glasses, or 64 ounces total, of water every day 2. Crystal Light Peach Tea is marketed as a way to make water more palatable and therefore help you reach that 64 ounce goal.

There have been concerns over caffeine causing dehydration, but studies published by the University of Connecticut show that while caffeine does not replace electrolytes lost during heavy exercise, it does not contribute to dehydration. The small amount of caffeine in Crystal Light Peach Tea will not affect your hydration level.