Which is healthier coffee vs tea ?

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coffee vs tea

If you are a coffee and tea enthusiast, you must be wondering which one of these drinks is more beneficial and thus more likely to have? Well both these have their pros and cons; a comparison of which we will provide you here.

Having double the amounts of caffeine as compared to tea, also all of which starts to absorb in your body as soon as you have it; coffee works as the best option for a quick mind booster. It increases the levels of dopamine in your body which instantly makes you feel more energized and alert.

However, tea does not lag behind. It is enriched with ‘L-theanine’ which in combination with the tea’s caffeine content is proven to release your mind’s stress, making you feel more relaxed and calm while also being attentive.

Now both these drinks have a considerable number of health benefits.

Studies have shown that daily consumption of coffee can significantly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, liver disease, and particular cancers.

Tea on the other hand is effective in preventing heart-related diseases, osteoporosis, and lung, colon and other some other cancers. It is suggested by some medicinal experts that tea has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties too. The fruitful antioxidants present in it, especially in green tea, can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and can also strengthen your immune system. Since the amount of antioxidants in tea is greater than in coffee, it is generally considered by people as a healthier option.

Moving forward towards fitness qualities, coffee and tea are proven to help in weight management. Very often we hear people consuming green tea to reduce weight by boosting their metabolic system. Coffee can also serve the purpose as it is said to inhibit the formation of fat cells. Nonetheless, further studies are still needed to confirm this point.

Having considered all that, we cannot deny that both coffee and tea have some harmful side effects too. Great consumption of such extremely hot beverages can always increase the chances of esophageal cancer and ulcers. Since coffee is more acidic, it might be comparatively more harmful on the stomach. Different types of fancy instant coffees can also raise cholesterol levels. Some studies also indicate that it also depletes bone density to some level. Moreover, a high proportion of caffeine in coffee suddenly elevates blood pressure; hence people with high blood pressure issues should use it moderately and consciously. For the same reason, people with heart diseases usually tend to avoid coffee. Lastly, coffee is a diuretic, as it is known for dehydrating the body.

Owing to its tannin antioxidant, tea can affect the absorption of iron from your plant-based diet. These drinks also potentially stain your teeth. Furthermore, if taken on the wrong hours, tea and coffee can greatly affect your body’s sleep cycle.

So you can always have your favorite cup of tea or coffee, depending totally on your own preference, mood, and needs. Avoiding sugar and cream is what will help you gain the above mentioned benefits. But to be safe from side effects, make sure never to consume more than 300-400 milligrams of the standard rate of caffeine a day.

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