Tea VS Coffee: Which is healthier?

Tea VS Coffee: Which is healthier?

Tea VS Coffee: Which is healthier?

If you had to pick between tea and coffee, which would you choose? Coffee is rich, deep and dark, whereas tea is light, refreshing and fragrant. For years, tea has been considered by many as a healthful drink, whereas coffee on the other hand has been given a bad rep. As a result of this and teas long history traditionally tea has been the preferred option. In fact in many countries, such as Britian, tea is an institution. In these countries tea is regarded as one of life’s great uniters, helping alleviate problems and bring together friends. These things can’t be denied. On top of that, since tea was first sprouted over 3000 years ago in China, its medicinal properties have been touted. However, in recent years, and especially in the US, coffee has taken over as the drink of choice. Even the British can’t deny that their national drink is facing stiff competition from lattes, frothy cappuccinos and elegant espressos. So, the debate ends here. Which is really better for you, tea or coffee?

Energy boost
Coffee contains more caffeine than tea, hands down. For many the caffeine boost is what draws them to drink coffee over tea. A standard cup of coffee contains approximately 100 milligrams of caffeine, whereas a cup of tea only contains 40 milligrams. So, if you are looking for a morning wake up call, then it is understandable why coffee is chosen. 1st point to coffee for its energy boosting potential. However, coffee has far greater depressant effects, resulting in bigger energy slumps than tea. So, although the coffee high will be greater, it will be shorter and drop quicker than the energy boost provided by tea. So, maybe tea is a better energy boost after all!

Tea has been touted to contain masses of antioxidants which are awesome for ensuring that you look and feel fantastic. However, recent research has suggested that coffee contains high levels of antioxidants too. Coffees antioxidants are called polyphenols and these can help prevent cells becoming damaged by disease causing agents. So, the jury is out on the antioxidant argument.

Inflammation and Obesity
By drinking at least 3 cups of coffee per day, it has been found that coffee can help reduce the inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease, thus reducing risk. A definite benefit of that morning cup of Joe! But, tea can also reduce risk of disease. Recent research has shown that tea can help people lose weight. Green tea in particular, was found to kick start metabolism and increase calorie burn. So, yet again, both tea and coffee have benefits. However, these benefits are lost if you decide to top your tea up with lashings of milk and sugar, or cap your coffee with creamer and syrup.

To conclude, although as much as the Brits would like to have said that tea trumps coffee, neither comes out as a clear victor in this battle because both hot beverages provide numerous health benefits. As a result, you don’t need to choose between coffee and tea, just go with the one that you prefer! A great way to benefit from both sets of antioxidants, and prevent sleep issues, try drinking one or two cups of coffee in the morning- to wake you up and give you a boost, then enjoy tea throughout the day to keep you hydrated and happy.

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