Ever wonder about the health benefits of tea vs coffee? Well, my friend Jefferey Morgan has your answer! Personally, I love them both. I drink a ton of tea throughout the day as I am intermittent fasting and I use coffee as a pick-me-up when I need a boost from caffeine. Sometimes I’ll drink decaf just for the taste, but most of the time I love the variety that tea provides. Either way they’re better for you than soda pop or other sugary drinks! (Use Stevia extract instead!) But exactly what are the health benefits of tea vs coffee? Take it away, Jeff!
Health benefits of tea vs coffee?
Coffee and tea represent the most widely consumed beverages in the world. We drink them on a daily basis, whether it’s “morning coffee” or “afternoon tea”, we rarely stop and think about the pros and cons of these drinks. Do they do any good to us or do we just drink them because we’re taught we should? We drink them to wake up or pass the time while talking to a friend, and we were taught that coffee sometimes causes anxiety or high blood pressure, but what are the health benefits of tea vs coffee? Let’s get some basics out of the way first;
When we talk about coffee benefits, we refer to freshly ground, organic beans that were properly roasted served without any added milk or sugar. There are many coffee products that are pre-grinded, siting on shelves for a long time, and when it comes to consuming them, sure, it’s still coffee, but how far from “the coffee” is it? It will give you caffeine with no additional health benefits.
Quality over quantity!
Similarly, when we talk about tea benefits, keep in mind that it’s also important where the tea comes from. For example, the majority of green tea is produced in China which is notoriously known for its air pollution problems and tea produced there may have substantial amounts of lead. While the amount of lead that seeps in from the tea leaves is not substantial, it’s still advisable to opt for organic tea. Buying tea that was grown in a healthy environment is essential to our health and consumption benefits.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s take a look at the health benefits of tea vs coffee and why they’re good for us. The best way to balance the benefits of both is to make a system; drink coffee in the morning and tea sometime during the day. It’s important not to overdo it.
Health benefits of coffee:
- Coffee is protective against type-2 diabetes.
- It has substantial benefits for brain health.
- Consuming it may help those suffering from Parkinson’s since the caffeine may help with movement for those suffering from it.
- It significantly lowers the risk of liver cancer (by up to 40%) and liver cirrhosis (by up to 66%).
- It represents a powerful antioxidant; which in itself is a plus since we consume it regularly.
- Study shows that coffee improves your performance during exercise AND has beneficial effects on your post-exercise soreness.
- Study shows that drinking coffee 1-4 times a day lowers the risk of coronary heart decease and may cut risk of heart rhythm problems.
- Another study has shown that coffee consumption is inversely associated with premature death from respiratory problems, diabetes and infections.
Health benefits of tea:
- Green tea is known to contain epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin polyphenol, and other antioxidants. If you’re drinking black tea, consider switching to green to maximize the benefits.
- Tea consumption significantly improves blood flow and helps our arteries relax which in turn prevents deceases such as heart attack and stroke.
- Consuming green tea on a daily basis helps in prevention of type-2 diabetes (up to 33%).
- Green tea contains a form of vitamin D called alfacalcidol which helps boost our bone structure.
- Green tea improves vision health, which was studied in animal research; the catechins from the tea were absorbed and improved the sight of rats.
- On the topic of catechins; they are known to increase the rate of burning fat and fat oxidation which in turn helps with losing weight.
- There are reports of green tea being significantly helpful in cancer prevention by preventing inflammation. Study shows that polyphenolsfrom green tea has beneficial effects on shutting down the production and spreading of tumor cells. As an additional benefit, it acts as an antitumor agent and helps modulate tumor cells response in chemotherapy.
These health benefits of tea vs coffee are numerous, but as we’ve stated, it’s important to moderate your consumption and not overdo it since they can cause detrimental effects as well as any other drink. Point being; consuming them isn’t wrong by any means and we’ve become so accustomed to them both that it’s hard to imagine life without them. It’s just a matter of moderating and being responsible about it.
By Jefferey Morgan and Supplemented.co.uk!
What are the health benefits of tea vs coffee? Doesn’t matter!
Just keep drinking it! Like Jeff said, don’t overdo it; but if nothing else, I’m a huge fan of saving my meals towards the end of the day and keeping my calories/carbs very low during the day. Believe me, you can still have a ton of energy without any food in your stomach once you learn how the body works during fasting! Check out my best selling intermittent fasting eBook for more details. Also check out my favorite intermittent fasting tools page if you want an alternative to tea and coffee, such as my favorite Crio-Bru roasted cacao beans. It’s like hot chocolate but really healthy!
That aside, I totally agree on the aspect of getting quality over quantity. I’ve drank green tea many times and most of it was fairly bitter and off-putting. I recently visited a store with high end green tea and tried their version. WOW! It was amazing! You really don’t know what you’re missing until you try the best stuff. At this point I’m a coffee and tea connoisseur but hey, work within your means. So again, don’t worry about the health benefits of tea vs coffee, just drink either. Water is good for you no matter what form it takes!