Tea or Coffee – which is best?
Everyone has their favourite hot beverage.
Mine is definitely tea, what’s yours?
It helps us wake up in the morning, gives us an energy boost in the afternoon, and can calm us down in the evening before bed.
You may use a hot beverage as a necessity to keep yourself going throughout the day, for the pleasure it brings you, as a treat, or a way to relax.
In any case, the two most popular hot beverages consumed worldwide are coffee and tea.
We are going to look at the differences between the two to determine which might be the healthier choice.
The most commonly known difference in coffee vs. tea is the amount of caffeine in coffee.
Coffee has a much higher level of caffeine which is why it is often the go to drink for workaholics and college students who need to stay awake to study for exams.
Is Tea Healthier than Coffee?
If you are considering coffee in its pure form, black – without milk/creamers and sugar, it can have some health benefits to it.
For example, studies have shown that coffee sometimes has a positive effect on preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The caffeine also helps stimulate the brain, and therefore is a commonly used remedy for headaches. In some cases, pure coffee has also helped lower the effects of type 2 diabetes.
While black coffee doesn’t seem to have any adverse health benefits, unless drank in excess where the caffeine can raise your heart-rate too high, it may not provide as many health benefits as herbal teas.
Tea (from the Camellia Sinensis plant)
Because tea can be made with numerous types of leaves, herbs and fruit, there are countless types of teas available to you.
Each one will have its own special taste and health benefit, offering you endless possibilities to find the tea that targets your particular need.
All teas comes from the same plant, the Camellia Sinensis plant, a shrub native to China and India.
This plant produces black, green, pu-erh, white and oolong tea
These teas are made from the same leaves, but harvested at different times and processed differently – hence they each have different health benefits and caffeine levels.
Herbal Infusions (aka Tisanes)
Herbal infusions, also called tisanes, are usually made up strictly from herbs, roots and other plant material – not from tea leaves – and usually do not have caffeine.
This allows you to pick exactly which herbs you need to combat a specific ailment.
These teas are very high in vitamins and antioxidants; herbal teas are usually what women use to replenish their bodies with vitamins and minerals during pregnancy.
Fruit teas can be made with both herbal and leaf teas.
The benefit to adding fruit to your tea is mostly the increased flavor and even a hint of natural sweetness. But it also adds more vitamins through the dried fruit.
Adding fruit can give you endless possibilities of flavor and aroma if you are tired of the straight, bitter taste of herbs or leaves.
Tea or Coffee – which is best – Conclusion
Tea has always been a popular beverage for those wanting to lose weight, combat a cold, or build their immune system.
In addition, tea is high in antioxidants, which helps protect the body from disease and sickness.
While there are some teas that have little or no caffeine, which makes it a perfect beverage for those with caffeine allergies and pregnant women, there are still many teas that have just as much caffeine as coffee.
Where you see the main difference in caffeine in tea and coffee is that with coffee the caffeine can give you a faster energy rush, but inevitably will end in a drop once it has worn off. The caffeine in tea may react at a slower pace, but it will keep you going all day long and prevent you from feeling the caffeine crash.
Considering all the health benefits between the two hot beverages, you can see that there are benefits to both.
So, while neither beverage is necessarily bad for you, there are far more health benefits to tea than to coffee.
If you are looking for that morning cup of warmth to get you going, that perk for the afternoon, or that evening relaxant to take the edge off, consider making tea your go to drink.
It will give you pleasure while it strengthens and heals your body from the inside.
Above all, whatever you decide, enjoy your hot beverage!