For many millions of people, drinking of a cup or two of coffee is a daily ritual. However, there’s another immensely popular caffeinated beverage that stands as a strong rival to coffee: tea.
Tea, which is actually the most-consumed drink in the world, has some important advantages over coffee, making tea a better choice for many people.
First of all, tea (generally speaking) is healthier. While research about coffee is mixed, most evidence in regard to tea is positive. Though certainly no miracle drug, tea does appear to have real health benefits. The biggest thing that tea has going for it is that it contains catechins, a kind of antioxidant compound.
Antioxidants naturally fight against the cell-damaging, disease-causing molecules known as free radicals. Thus, antioxidants help to protect the body from many different kinds of diseases.
As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that tea consumption itself is correlated with reduced risk for certain diseases. Drinking tea appears to reduce risk for liver disease. Tea may also help protect people from heart problems, since tea consumption has been connected to a lower rate of some cardiovascular risk factors.
Tea drinkers are also less likely to suffer from diabetes or to experience a stroke. Even depression occurs less often among those who consume tea.
Tea’s second big advantage over coffee is that it has less caffeine. Now, this might not sound like an advantage at all — and for some people, it isn’t. After all, many people drink coffee almost entirely for its high caffeine content.
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Caffeine, as is well known, can increase concentration and raise alertness. However, for some, large amounts of caffeine can do much more harm than good. While individual responses vary widely, jitteriness, nausea and upset stomach, heartburn, racing thoughts, anxiety, and trouble sleeping can all be caused by too much caffeine.
Of course, both coffee and tea contain caffeine — but only coffee is high in the stimulant. Black tea, in contrast, has only about half as much caffeine as coffee. Other varieties of tea, such as oolong or green tea, have even smaller amounts of caffeine.
This means that drinking tea instead of coffee is a good way to mitigate or even completely avoid the negative side effects of caffeine — while still continuing to enjoy its positive, stimulative aspect.
Clearly, there are some fantastic reasons to switch from coffee to tea. Of course, that doesn’t mean that everyone should switch. After all, many people simply prefer the taste of coffee.
The advantages that tea has over coffee should simply be viewed as food for thought for anyone who is open to trying tea in place of coffee in their daily routine.
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Bushak, L. (2014, November 14). Health Benefits Of Coffee vs. Tea: Which One Is Better For You? Retrieved from http://www.medicaldaily.com/health-benefits-coffee-vs-tea-which-one-better-you-309556