HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >


Green Tea Nausea

  • k

Has anyone here gotten nauseous after drinking green tea? A few months ago I tried having a cup every morning to replace my coffee, but the nausea was so overwhelming that I couldn't leave my house without...Bleh! Someone just gave me some sencha green tea so I tried a cup this afternoon and...Bleh! Is it just me or is this a known phenomenon?


  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. That's so funny because I thought it was me. I also tried green tea to replace my one crummy cup of decaf and got extremely nauseous, too. I even tried a different brand and had the same effect.

    1 Reply
    1. re: adele

      I find that any tea on an empty stomach causes nausea. Milk and sugar help, but I don't like either in my tea. So I just make sure to have something in my stomach before drinking tea.

    2. I drink green tea almost every morning and have never gotten nauseated from it, but I have friends who say that white tea is easier on the stomach. I love white tea as well but generally drink it in the afternoon.

      1. You might want to try Tazo's "Zen" blend: it's green tea with mint, which (I think?) is known to settle the stomach. I really like it, and am generally not a huge green tea fan.

        1. You're definitely not alone. I find it's somewhat better if I eat something first, and better yet if I take it later in the day. I agree that white tea is somewhat gentler on the stomach. I was advised by someone not to steep the green tea for more than a minute, but I haven't found that to help much in the morning either.

          1 Reply
          1. re: Dipsy

            Like many of you, I thought I was the only one. I find I can handle it with out problems but IF I have a strong cup of green tea on an empty stomach I do get that sensation. I drink Peets Yin Hao -- very jasminey.

          2. I'll bet you are brewing it too long, using too much tea, and/or water that is too hot.

            For most green teas, you just use a teaspoon or so per cup, brew it no longer than three minutes and use water that is below boiling. I usually take my kettle off the burner and let it sit for at least five minutes after the water boils). If you miscalculate on any of these (particularly brewing too long), you can get a very unpleasant cup of tea.

            1. Some tea leaves are contaminated with a bacteria that may cause illness if the water isn't hot enough to kill them.

              1. I agree with other posters' replies. Japanese green tea can be quite harsh on an empty stomach. I find that if you spend a little extra and get the really good Gyokuro(literally "Jade Dew", a young spring tea), and not use too much leaves, AND not steep too long, you can get more than one cup of beautiful green jade color tea that won't kill you stomach.

                I'm always terribly grateful when I get a good cup of green tea in restaurants. Most of the time, it's like you say, bleh.

                1. In Chinese medicine there is the concept of "hot" and "cold" body types. My wife, for example, cannot drink green tea. She and I have to brew 2 different pots of tea cause we have opposite body types (opposites atrracts, I guess).

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Peter

                    What type of tea does your wife drink?

                  2. Any tea, green/oolong/black, gives me that nauseous feeling unless I have something in my stomach first.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: Michael M.

                      Me too! And I was wondering if I'm the only one o_O
                      I even can't have tea with breakfast but post-breakfast is fine.

                    2. I drink a pot of green every morning. I never have any problem, but different folks, different stomachs. Have you tried Chinese green teas like lung ching? They tend to not taste "green" or vegetal. I also use loose leaf teas, not bags.

                      1. t

                        I don't have a problem when I drink tea on an empty stomach in the morning. I have always drank tea (instead of water) for as long as I can remember though.

                        However, I had a Caramel Machiatto this morning and I got a really bad headache after drinking it.

                        1. r
                          RWCFoodie (Karen)

                          I should do some research before I post to see if it's considered green tea or not, but I've had the same problem with Po Nay (Pu Erh) tea with dim sum. It's supposed to be good for dealing with the fat in the dim sum but it sure has made me miserable...

                          1. Just had a bout of severe nausea after drinking a cup of green tea....it occurred to me that this wasn't the first occurrence after having a cup of the stuff so finally decided to search the net. Evidently it's not an uncommon occurrence!