Battle Of The Breakfast Beverages: Tea Vs. Coffee

Talk to a hardcore coffee drinker about tea, and it’s on. As in, there will not be much good that the coffee drinker may have to say about tea, sort of like talking to an American football fan about the sport we call soccer. There really isn’t much in the way of common ground.

However, in comparing the two beverages, some things stand out that deserve some scrutiny as to which is actually healthier to consume in the long run.

CAFFEINE

Long determined to be some sort of dietary boogeyman, the amount of caffeine in tea is a fraction of that in coffee, according to some studies. Most sources put the level in tea at less than 70 mg per serving, and coffee can be as much as double that. That number is debated, however, tea does not have the depressants that coffee does naturally, and as an added bonus it is known as a fat burner.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Numerous studies have shown the number of antioxidants in tea, specifically green tea, over the years. There are many. Coffee, in comparison, does not have nearly as many. These are the molecules that help fight disease and the recurrence of viruses along with white blood cells. Tea has been demonstrated to fight certain cancers as well.

There are a number of offshoots of these topics when discussing tea vs. coffee. Proponents of each drink have their arguments on the benefits of either all teed up any time the battle heats up. In one way, the choice really does not matter. In another, some people (like this writer) find that coffee does cause nutritional deficiencies. If such things happen to the reader, ask a health care provider if that might well be the cause.

Otherwise, just remember in the battle of the breakfast beverages, tea has been drunk by humans for well over three thousand years. Coffee, in comparison, less than 1500.

Just food for thought.



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