Tea and coffee are two widely consumed hot beverages with their own variety of beneficial effects. They share several similar benefits as well as some unique ones. It is difficult to determine which is better to consume, but these facts will clearly point out that coffee is more beneficial for daily use than its popular rival, tea.
The majority of tea benefits are associated with appearance. Tea contains antioxidants which helps your skin maintain its young resilient look and delays the time it takes to show signs of aging. Tea is great for your smile because it naturally contains fluoride. This benefit can be reversed when too much sweetener is added. Tea also contains no calories if you don’t add any sweeteners. Not only does it have zero calories but it also increases your metabolism. These effects will help you have a whiter smile, be a little slimmer, and look younger longer.
Although most of tea’s benefits are associated with physical appearance, there are a few benefits more medically related. The antioxidants in tea, while great for looking younger longer, are also beneficial in the fight against cancer. Your immune system seems to work noticeably better when you consume a few cups of tea each day.
Coffee is a beverage consumed primarily in the morning because that is the time of day the benefits are most visible. Coffee increases your overall brain function. The caffeine speeds up the central nervous system causing increased alertness and improved processing time. Coffee is beneficial for staying alert all day, especially when operating machinery or driving when tired. Coffee also helps you feel a little bit better when you are ill. It aids in maintaining your normal level of alertness instead of succumbing to the need to sleep when you’re sick but can’t because life must go on.
Studies have been completed to show that coffee positively effects: cancer, diabetes, liver function, Parkinson’s disease, and performance during exercise. A study done in Canada found that increasing daily consumption of coffee has an inverse effect on risk of bowel cancer. Japanese studies found that increased coffee consumption also decreases your risk of liver cancer and ovarian cancer. A Norwegian study showed results stating coffee is beneficial in the prevention of pancreatic cancer.
Researching further into coffee’s positive impact on pancreatic cancer, it is also apparent that coffee is beneficial for those with type II diabetes. The cause of this type of diabetes is unknown, but the body isn’t sufficiently accepting glucose in the proper amounts. This function occurs in the pancreas. As such, what is good for regulating cells in the pancreas is also good for regulating its functions.
Compare and Contrast
Although tea may be more beneficial in terms of keeping someone beautiful and hydrated, the big picture seems to be more important. Tea will help you lose weight and look younger for longer, but it doesn’t have nearly the same amount of benefits in preventing life altering and sometimes fatal diseases. The battle of coffee vs. tea has been waging for many years. Coffee may be more beneficial on a large scale, but some are more concerned with their appearances. If you’re concerned with taste, coffee is the recommendation as you can add creamers to make it taste like almost anything. Depending on your priorities at the time you may drink tea, but my main priority is a long, happy, and healthy life. So I shall pour another cup of coffee.
The Battle of Coffee vs. Tea