Coffee has been the drink of choice for Americans for decades, but recently quite a few are making the switch to tea. There are a lot of differences between the two hot beverages. What drink should you choose? Which is better for your health? These are questions that you might be asking yourself, and I can help you answer them.
Coffee is a delicious addition to the morning. I have been drinking coffee for quite a while now, and I still enjoy a delicious bold blend served black. My father is from Algeria, which has ties in the Arab and French world. These both are known for drinking a lot of coffee, but they also drink tea as well. The best coffee I have had was when I was in Turkey.
The health benefits of Tea are actually quite astounding. Green Tea is one of the most popular teas, and there are a lot of different blends and flavor mixtures of Green Tea. Green Tea is actually the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water!
Now, the difference between green tea, black tea, and oolong tea is not in the plant itself, but in the processing of the leaves. Green tea is made from unfermented leaves and reportedly contains the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Antioxidants are substances that kill off free radicals. These are damaging compounds in the body that harm cells, DNA, and can potentially cause cells to die off prematurely.
Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but different things in the environment naturally counter-balance the natural free radicals. Things like cigarette smoke, pollution, and ultraviolet rays give rise to these damaging particles.
Some scientists have said that free radicals catalyze the aging process, and can potentially catalyze diseases like cancer and heart disease.
It has been speculated that regular, but not excessive consumption of green tea can help to fight against things such as cancer, diabetes, liver disease, and can help in weight loss.
When I went to the Celestial tea factory in Boulder, Colorado, I was filled with a great sense of health. I was offered a lot of different samples of many different tea flavors that they were working on. They even had a whole room dedicated to storing mint. When we went into the room, my eyes watered and burned, and my sinuses were instantly cleared.
There are also other teas that are called “herbal” teas. These actually contain no tea plant. The guide at Celestial told me that the word tea is actually derived from a word that means to soak in water. It is possible to have tea, a plant soaked in water, without having the tea plant in it.
There are a lot of great herbal teas that are mixed with green or white tea leaves as well, which add flavor and other health benefits to the mix.
Coffee on the other hand, has similar effects. It can lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and colon cancer.
Generally, coffee has a lot more benifitial effects than it does negative. It can help relieve your anxiety, help you focus, stop headaches, and give you energy. Coffee is a great addition to a meal, before or after.
Dr. DePaulis stated that heavy smokers and drinkers are much less likely to have heart disease if they consume high amounts of coffee. This is great news for a lot of coffee drinkers I know, because they love to spike their coffee and share it with a cigarette!
The reason’s for coffee’s health benefits are a mixture of their highly potent antioxidants that become strengthened during the roasting process of the beans.
The health benefits to Parkinson’s disease come directly from the high amounts of caffeine that are attributed to the drink. A lot of medicines that are being developed for Parkinson’s contain high amounts of caffeine.
The general concept that coffee is bad for children could be a myth as well. People in Brazil have found through studies that children who consume small amounts of coffee with milk are much less likely to have depression than other children, says Dr. DePaulis.
So which drink should you choose? Should you be a die-hard peaceful tea drinker, or an energetic and healthy coffee lover? The answer isn’t really one sided, and I would recommend a moderation in all senses.
Keeping in mind that although these drinks do have antioxidants and a lot of health benefits, moderation is always good in consuming anything. I think that you personally should listen to your body, and feel what is right for you. I like to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, and a cup of tea in the afternoon. Before I go to bed I like to sip on chamomile tea, which helps to relax me.
A mix and match of tea and coffee can only bring great health benefits. I recommend trying to mix and match the two drinks throughout your day. Feel out how much caffeine your body can handle without feeling uncomfortable, and drink accordingly.