Coffee or Tea? A popular question that we’ve all probably been asked at some point in our lives. It is the ultimate friendship maker or breaker, personality definer and apparently life-changing. But really where did this came from? A hot cup of coffee can perk you up in the morning whereas a cup of tea can help you relax and sleep well. But, which one is better for your Health?
Coffee or Tea?
Everyone has they own opinion on which one tastes better for them but we don’t really take the time to consider which one is better for our overall wellbeing. Various studies have pointed to tea drinkers having lower odds of skin, breast, and prostate cancers. Tea in general but mostly green tea is rich in compounds like antioxidants, which can limit cell damage and boost the immune system; and polyphenols, which have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It also may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease through a polyphenol known as EGCG, which prevents the formation of plaques that are linked to that brain-damaging illness.
In 2015, Americans consumed well over 80 billion servings of tea or more than 3.6 billion gallons. About 85% of all tea consumed was Black Tea, 14% was Green Tea, and the small remaining amount was Oolong, White and Dark Tea. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, and the only western country to grow in tea imports and consumption. Hot tea has been growing steadily over the past 5 years, as consumers embrace its health benefits. Total category sales for hot tea have increased more than 15% over the last 5 years – however, growth has slowed in the past year.
Tea Health Benefits
Human population studies have found that people who regularly consume three or more cups of Black Tea per day have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. The current body of research suggests that drinking tea can offer significant heart health benefits ranging from reducing heart attack risk to lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, with benefits seen with just one cup and upwards of six cups a day. A Harvard study found that those who drank a cup or more of black tea per day had a 44% reduced risk of heart attack. In a large population-based study, adults who drank just over two cups of green tea per day reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 22-23%. A study found that participants who drank five cups of black tea per day along with a diet moderately low in fat and cholesterol reduced their cholesterol by about 11% after three weeks. Black tea reduces blood pressure, and, it helps counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow. We have our own tea recipe to lose weight, check out!
With over 400 billion cups of coffee thought to be consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Increased coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes – the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers gathered data from three studies. The researchers found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years. In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s. Another amazing thing that coffee does is that it can lower the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. Some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.
Both green tea and coffee contain caffeine, as well as high amounts of antioxidants and some minerals. The health benefits from both beverages could be due to their antioxidant effects. Tea has numerous proven benefits for those who drink it regularly. Despite its cultural acceptance and lovely aroma, coffee has a ton of bad side effects and is very nearly a drug upon which millions of Americans are dependent.
Coffee consumption is more likely to result in jitteriness, nervousness, irritability, and dependency, while tea is way smoother. Regardless of which beverage you choose, it’s always a good idea to use little to no sugar, artificial sweeteners, and high-fat milk and cream.