Coffee Vs. Tea: Which One Is Healthier for You?
There are two kinds of people in this world: coffee addicts and tea lovers. Sure, some may enjoy both, but there’s always a favorite. We already know coffee is considered to be both good and bad by specialists, so that’s already a confusing topic. On the other hand, many people still see tea as a way to fight off the common cold when in fact it’s so much more than that.
Today, we’ll have a look at both beverages and explore their health benefits, varieties and maybe help you choose the right one for your lifestyle and goals. Ready? Let’s drink it up!
Coffee vs. tea: Health benefits & risks
Health benefits of coffee
As one of the most popular beverages in the world, coffee definitely received its fair share of good and bad reviews. To be frank, I’ve written some posts myself exposing the good or the dark side of this wonder treat.
However, the majority of studies regarding caffeine consumption reveal that it has a positive impact on your health (if consumed in moderation, of course).
Firstly, coffee is on my list of 10 antioxidant-rich foods that help you stay healthy this fall. Antioxidants are compounds found in foods that protect cells in your body and strengthen the immune system. But that’s not all coffee has to offer.
A 2013 Harvard study found that people who consumed at least one cup of coffee daily for 4 years lowered their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 11%. Furthermore, the Parkinson’s Foundation states that coffee also works in reducing the long-term risk for Parkinson’s Disease; the same drink might help to prevent dementia, liver disease and even colon cancer.
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Health benefits of tea
Much like coffee, tea is rich in valuable antioxidants that keep your immune system strong and protect you from external threats. According to the National Cancer Institute, antioxidants found in tea can help to slow the growth of cancerous tumors.
Additionally, a large study performed on more than 100,000 adults showed that those who drink tea at least three times a week reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease. Last, but not least, this 2019 study found that people who drink tea regularly have higher levels of good cholesterol and a lower body mass index (BMI).
Not sure what your body mass index is? You can use our calculator here to discover your BMI and other ways to stay healthy.
Health risks of coffee
As I like to say, moderation is key to everything – and coffee makes no exception. Although coffee offers plenty of valuable benefits, drinking too much can also come with bad consequences.
A 2005 study found that excessive caffeine consumption may amplify anxiety and sleep disorders. In the long run, too much coffee can cause tooth staining because of its high content of tannins. However, this effect can be avoided by brushing your teeth right after finishing your cup.
If you’re already suffering from acid reflux, overactive bladder or irritable bowel syndrome, their symptoms can only be worsened by coffee. Pregnant ladies should also listen to their doctor’s advice regarding coffee; generally, though, it’s recommended to stick to less than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily while you’re pregnant.
Health risks of tea
It may seem harmless, but too much tea can also have a negative impact on your health. Only 50 milligrams per 8 ounces of black tea offers half the caffeine of an equal cup of coffee, too much of it can alter your sleep and trigger jitteriness.
Also note that black tea contains tannins which can discolor your teeth, just like coffee.
- Both coffee and tea are rich in important antioxidants
- Coffee may reduce the risk for long-term illnesses like Parkinson’s or cancer
- Tea regulates cholesterol levels and reduces the risk for heart disease
- Both options may trigger jitteriness and insomnia when consumed excessively
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