Caffeine-free Black Tea Alternatives?

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Found 2nd Jul
For medical reasons I can't drink caffeine and even decaf effects me. I so badly miss my black tea and I've tried other alternatives but none compare.

Green tea also has caffeine and I've been unable to drink that. I tried rooibos tea after being recommended it but I find it has a sweetness to it that I don't like.

Researching online I came across red raspberry leaf tea and reading what it tastes like that it might be closer to black tea? Otherwise I'm all up for suggestions! I normally drink my tea with a tiny drop of milk and no sugar. Most of these herbal teas have fruit in them and I'm not keen on something sweet.

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what is your medical reason if you dont mind asking? and what have you actually been told by the doctor? there is a big difference between cant and shouldnt. could it be the medication in combination with caffeine causing problems? there are very few medical conditions where you have to remove something from the diet entirely.

M&S or Twinnings is good, we have been drinking them for years, you really can't tell the difference.

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mattsokolinski

what is your medical reason if you dont mind asking? and what have you … what is your medical reason if you dont mind asking? and what have you actually been told by the doctor? there is a big difference between cant and shouldnt. could it be the medication in combination with caffeine causing problems? there are very few medical conditions where you have to remove something from the diet entirely.



Interstitial Cystitis (IC). It can cause flare ups.

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eslick

M&S or Twinnings is good, we have been drinking them for years, you … M&S or Twinnings is good, we have been drinking them for years, you really can't tell the difference.



Are these black teas?

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pooool

Try rooibos tea: … Try rooibos tea: https://ticktocktea.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8Zn13Lfq1AIV6p3tCh1QYQT2EAAYASAAEgJKM_D_BwE


I've tried rooibos tea and didn't like it, there was still some sweetness to it

Silverphoenix

Are these black teas?



Yep English breakfast, which is the same sort of blend in normal tea.
Edited by: "eslick" 2nd Jul

Silverphoenix11 h, 3 m ago

Interstitial Cystitis (IC). It can cause flare ups.


that is actually interesting. do any other drinks/foods (energy drinks, fizzy drinks, chocolate, citrus fruit, tomatoes, bananas, some medications like painkillers) cause problems? can you definitely says that its caffeine (a diuretic) and not the amount of fluid you are drinking?
Not trying to be patronising or anything, just trying to see if you perhaps eliminated coffee and did not have to. Just from brief search there is so little good evidence to suggest that caffeine causes IC flareups where there are other factors that may be causing problems for you.
Edited by: "mattsk" 2nd Jul

Maybe not your thing, but what about peppermint tea?

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mattsokolinski

that is actually interesting. do any other drinks/foods (energy drinks, … that is actually interesting. do any other drinks/foods (energy drinks, fizzy drinks, chocolate, citrus fruit, tomatoes, bananas, some medications like painkillers) cause problems? can you definitely says that its caffeine (a diuretic) and not the amount of fluid you are drinking?Not trying to be patronising or anything, just trying to see if you perhaps eliminated coffee and did not have to. Just from brief search there is so little good evidence to suggest that caffeine causes IC flareups where there are other factors that may be causing problems for you.



I've been to see a specialist and had everything monitored and it seems to mostly come down to tea for some reason. I've managed coffee in small doses but due to a medical complication with medicine for my bladder it caused heart problems so I've been cutting caffeine out. I don't drink energy drinks or soft drinks. Citrus can irritate like I drank orange juice and it hurt a lot. I drank hot chocolate and that also didn't do well. I don't mind cutting these out but it's tea that I'm having a hard time with and causes me the most problems.

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LetoKynes

Maybe not your thing, but what about peppermint tea?



I've tried that and have to admit I'm not keen.

I've pretty much just gone to drinking hot water since I can't find a replacement that isn't sweet.

can you not drink normal decaf tea? i quite like the pgtips decaf, maybe its the milk causing you problems? try koko
i have had dietary problems all my life incl an a weird allergy to a cows milk protein, the symptoms do not disappear until between 6-8 weeks have passed since last ingestion.

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maddogb

can you not drink normal decaf tea? i quite like the pgtips decaf, maybe … can you not drink normal decaf tea? i quite like the pgtips decaf, maybe its the milk causing you problems? try kokoi have had dietary problems all my life incl an a weird allergy to a cows milk protein, the symptoms do not disappear until between 6-8 weeks have passed since last ingestion.



Wow. Yeah strangely enough even decaf tea causes problems which is why I went to red tea but I just don't like the taste. I want something a bit more bitter. I've not had a problem with milk, I sometimes drink it black or with like 4 drops of milk.
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