Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Should I be concerned about videos that I have recently seen which claim that Lipton Green Tea has worms?
In the last few days, videos wrongly showing particles inside a Lipton green tea bag claiming them to be foreign matter have been circulating on social media. These are inaccurate videos and are the same ones which were made and circulated in the Middle East. The Food Health Inspection Department of the Dubai Municipality, after a visit to the Lipton Jebel Ali Factory, which supplies tea to the Middle East and North Africa region, confirmed the quality of Lipton’s production and processes, and excluded the possibility of any foreign matter like e.g. worms in the Lipton green tea bag products. They have also issued a statement on their Facebook, Instagram accounts and official website. In the interest of clarifying the facts a statement was also put out on the Unilever Middle East website.

The particles being shown in these videos are Lipton green tea lemon flavor particles and should not be mistaken for foreign matter. A quick confirmation of the authenticity of the flavor particle is to simply taste it or put it in hot water and see it dissolve.

We wish to clarify that all our food products conform to the highest quality standards and are absolutely safe to consume. We urge everyone not to be misled and to avoid sharing these videos as it would only result in spreading false and baseless rumours.

Q. What is Green tea?
How is Green Tea different from the regular Tea leaves I use at home?  Green tea, is produced from the plant Camellia Sinensis like black tea. The difference between these teas lies in the way the tea leaves are processed after they are plucked.

Black tea is produced when freshly plucked leaves are withered, cut and/or crushed and exposed to air and then dried. While the crushed leaves are exposed to air, the inherent catechins in the leaf are converted to other compounds that give black tea its typical colour and taste.

Green tea is produced when freshly plucked leaves are heated, rolled/cut and then   dried. The catechins in the fresh leaves are preserved during the green tea process, making green tea rich in catechins. Also, green tea is typically drunk without milk and sugar and hence gives zero calories as compared to the ordinary chai made with milk and sugar.  

Q. What are Catechins?  
Catechins are a group of polyphenols found in high quantities in Green tea. Catechins are natural components of some plant based foods such as tea, apples, grapes, wine and cocoa.  Tea, in particular green tea, contains a higher level of catechins than other food sources.

Catechins are responsible for the characteristic  unique taste of green tea. 

Some of the goodness of green tea is attributed to catechins.   

Q. Can I add honey to my Green Tea?
Yes, you can add honey to your Green tea according to your taste preference, but do keep in mind that if you do add honey, your Green Tea will not be rendered “zero calories”. 

Q. Should I add milk and sugar while preparing Green Tea?  
Green tea is best had as a light brew without milk and sugar. However, personal preference is the key. 

Q. How is Lipton Green Tea flavoured? Are artificial flavours used?  
Lipton offers an array of different flavours to ensure that you are offered variety and enjoyment while drinking tea. Lipton flavours some of its teas with added natural flavours only and no artificial flavours are used. 

Q. What are the benefits of drinking Green Tea?
Green Tea Benefits