I don’t know about you, but I certainly cannot make it through the day without at least a cup of coffee – or sometimes, my favorite tea – And despite what is being said, it turns out it might not be such a bad thing. Did you know that coffee and tea are two of the most consumed beverages in the world? There must be a reason, right?
Yes, you are correct. Both coffee and tea have been found to have a variety of health benefits. That’s why in the United States or half of the European continent, countless shops serve coffee, making it one of the most consumed beverages in those countries.
However, tea is not left behind, since in countries such as China – with more than 1.3 billion inhabitants – and India – with almost the same population -, tea enjoys a high tradition and acceptance.
Without a doubt, both beverages have become an essential part of people’s daily life. But which of the two is healthier? Let’s talk about each one separately, and then you can make your decision.
Why Is Tea So Popular?
We have already said that this drink has many health benefits, but what are they specifically? Let’s name it.
Rich in antioxidants: All the varieties of tea are packed with antioxidants, which are in charge of eliminating the free radicals in the body-boosting immunity.
Reduces risk of Type-2 diabetes & heart attack: That’s because tea allows the cells to synthesize the sugar better.
Rich in Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG): This is a kind of Phenol that has the property of shrinking the fat cells. This is the way it helps in weight loss.
Green Tea Vs. Black Tea
It is believed that green tea is better – compared to black tea – because it is associated with weight loss. It’s not a magical weight loss drink as it’s sold. In fact, according to mother science, the only difference between them is that black tea is fermented and green tea isn’t. As a result, green tea has a bit higher amount of antioxidants and EGCG. We also have Matcha – a much more concentrated green tea – which has become very popular lately. But that’s a topic for another article.
Let’s Talk About Coffee
We’ve talked about coffee multiple times in the past and it’s not a secret that it’s one of the most popular beverages in the world. Now, it is the turn of the benefits of coffee, for those who still aren’t convinced about its perks:
Helps reduce the risk of various diseases: Coffee contains a lot of antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play a crucial role in preventing diseases. Among these, we have prostate and colon cancer, type-2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
Makes your immune system stronger: It’s an abundant source of nutrients and helpful chemicals that can aid your immune system, making it stronger and healthier, reducing the risk of premature death
Help reduces stress: Due to the release of dopamine and serotonin – which trigger a good mood – coffee acts well as an anti-stress substance.
Regular Coffee Vs. Green Coffee
The difference between these two is just that green coffee beans are not roasted. As a result, green coffee has a higher amount of chlorogenic acids, which is known to have health benefits. Also, there are incredibly eccentric ways you could take your coffee all over the world, which gives it an interesting twist.
Tea Vs. Coffee: Which One Is Better?
Both beverages have a chemical compound as caffeine and tannin. Coffee is higher in caffeine (100 – 150 mg per one cup serve) than tea (30 – 50 mg per one cup serve). But, tea is higher in tannin (3 – 12 %) compared to coffee (0.7 – 1.5%).
Well, tannin prevents the absorption of iron in the body, making it vulnerable to anemia. It also influences the discoloration of your teeth. On the other hand, caffeine is a stimulant that robs calcium of bones and increases blood pressure and heart rate. And it’s kind of addictive.
Even though there is freedom with the amount considered excessive – or harmful – It’s said that you won’t be facing any major problem until you are not having more than 4 cups of tea or coffee daily.
In conclusion, modern science states that both coffee and tea are beneficial for your health as long as you do not consume too much, control the amount of sugar you put in it, and drink it at the right time (before 5 pm). You know what they say, everything in excess is wrong. This also applies to tea and coffee.
Interesting Facts About Tea And Coffee
- Tea is two thousand years older than coffee.
- Tea and coffee work best for you if they are consumed 30 minutes after a meal (breakfast or lunch).
- Coffee reduces the risk of suicide in women and men by 50%.
- Voltaire – the famous satirist – drunk up to 40 – 50 cups of coffee a day. Impressive, right?
But if you don’t want to be as Voltaire, and you are not a coffee or tea drinker already, don’t force it. There are many other ways to stay healthy.