Which one do you crave in the morning – a cup of green tea or coffee? It’s a popular belief that tea is healthy and coffee is bad for your heath. It’s not really so! A lot of researches show that both green tea and coffee are good for your health, as they both have antioxidants.
Antioxidants are basically phytochemicals, which can be found in plant foods. They protect healthy tissues in human bodies from oxidants also known as free radicals. These free radicals or oxidants can damage your body cells and easily cause diseases. To protect your body from these harmful free radicals, you need antioxidants.
Whether it is green or any other tea, every tea contains flavonoids (a group of antioxidants). After water, tea is second most consumed beverage around the world. Countries like Japan and China have largest green tea consumers, followed by India, where it is gaining fast popularity, especially among office goers.
As per the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, only one in five Americans starts their day with tea. It’s really a shame, as tea drinkers consumed 20 times more flavonoid in a day than non-tea drinkers. Researchers around the world say that drinking tea helps you fight a number of diseases.
Studies show that drinking tea may help you prevent blood-clotting, cancer, reduce cholesterol levels, fight inflammation, seasonal allergies and many more diseases.
Drinking green tea in the morning can actually reduce the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. It is also a perfect drink if you want to reduce the risk of heart disease. Tea is a perfect beverage choice for women, as it contains a lot of antioxidants that have disease-fighting benefits.
How often do you buy herbal teas because you hear people say that they’re healthy? The truth is that most herbal teas are not tea at all. Most of them contain no tealeaves and are made with flowers, herbs, roots, or spices.
In contrast, experts say that green tea is made using less processes leaves, making them rich in antioxidants. Both green and black teas contain antioxidants, so drink any that you like the most.
In the United States of America, millions of people start their day by drinking the aromatic drew. They say coffee is king of all beverages in the U.S. There are number of reasons for this. Researchers in the America say that it is highly rich source of antioxidants, just step ahead of black tea.
The antioxidants like cholorogenic acid and quinines form a large part of coffee. It also consists of anti-bacterial compound – trigonelline, which gives coffee the delicious aroma.
According to laboratory studies in the U.S., coffee helps in lowering the risk of Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, colon cancer and type II diabetes.
The caffeine in tea and coffee can vary depending upon the size of your cup. If you drink 8-ounce cup of coffee, then you consume around 85 mg of caffeine as compared to 40 mg in a cup of tea.
Caffeine is usually a drug, which stimulates your brain and nervous system. Thus, you should try to limit it to avoid overload symptoms. If you think that caffeine keeps you up at night, then start drinking coffee in the afternoon.
Few researches also show that excessive caffeine consumption can increase the risk of miscarriage. So if you’re pregnant then consult your doctor about drinking coffee.
It’s hard to say which one is superior to the other. Science says both have different health benefits. Therefore, you can try this – one or two cups of coffee in the morning, then drink tea throughout the day.