While both coffee and tea have their advantages, enthusiasts of both will defend their favored drink. For many, it is hard to decide what merely hype around the drinks is, or what is actually founded as being the truth.
Here we will take a look at both beverages and see what potential benefits both offer and how they stack up against each other.
Social Drinking Benefits
Coffee and tea both serve social functions, but of varying types. All through time, both drinks have been used in gatherings to drink over discussions ranging from diplomatic measures to the latest happenings on the street.
With this advent, there has been a rise in the number of coffee shops, and an equal number of barista courses being held for staff to pour the perfect cup.
Tea, on the other hand, is symbolled as being a drink for relaxation or afternoon lunches in specific regions.
Caffeine Boosting Content
Aside from the benefits each drink brings, there is the question of caffeine which sways many people toward coffee for the buzz they get from drinking it.
Researchers are still debating if this caffeine is a benefit or a health risk. But, for now, we will presume it is safe apart from the fact it can affect your sleep.
Such are the jitters people can feel from drinking excess coffee, it is also shown to decrease concentration and also induce panic attacks.
Tea does contain caffeine but not to a level which would create these reactions in people.
In this section, it should be mentioned of green tea which is touted as having lots of antioxidants. White regular tea actually contains more antioxidants, as well as not containing than what coffee contains.
These polyphenols can help repair cell damage and reduce inflammation, and coffee contains up to 2 1/2 times more than a cup of tea.
This, however, does change depending on brands and the roasting process, and to gain the most benefits, you need beans which are high altitude grew and dark roasted.
This being said, to gain the most polyphenols, you should also drink tea, so again neither one is better than the other.
Drink to a Healthy Heart
Both coffee and tea are linked to a reduction in cardiovascular diseases. Drinkers who frequently consume six cups or more of tea have a 36% lower risk of heart disease while coffee drinkers who consume two to four cups per day have a 20% lower chance of contracting cardiovascular disease compared to ones who drink less than two, or more than four.
Best Drink for the Digestive System
Research has shown that drinkers of coffee have a lower risk of contracting colorectal cancer, and the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk.
This happens to be the same for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.
Best Drink for Weight Loss
Black coffee has been on many dieters list for many years, and many drink a strong coffee before a workout for that extra energy boost.
A study back in 2011 showed blood sugar levels in a healthy person spike after eating a high-fat meal, but, when this is coupled with a cup of caffeinated coffee the spike doubles. They also reach levels which are comparable with diabetes sufferers.
Tea, on the other hand, has been shown to help drinker lose more weight, but this tea is the green variety. It does this in a few different ways which can include increased calorie-burning, increased fat oxidization and reducing fat absorption or reducing a person’s appetite.
Best Drink for Being Alert
A lot of drinkers drink coffee to feel alert, however with the more coffee a person drinks, the more tolerant they become of it, and then the reverse happens, and they become fatigued through caffeine withdrawal.
Tea on the other hand (Green Tea) has compounds which are able to cross the brain-blood barrier and so reach the neural tissues. The result of this is they can help reduce a decline in the brains function.
Which is the Healthier Drink?
The two drinks need to be compared, and tea has always had a clean reputation, whereas coffee is still seen as the bad one of the two.
This gives drinkers the impression of tea is a much healthier drink, but in reality, the health benefits of coffee have been highly underestimated.
The two drinks are remarkably close in the benefits they bring but in different areas. There are also some situations where it would be healthier for drinkers to avoid both altogether (caffeine sensitivity, Anxiety, etc.).
At the end of all the testing, neither offers more benefits than the other to make it an outright winner.
Moderation is the key, and drinking the one you prefer is the only real answer which can satisfy the question.