A hot cup of coffee can perk you up in the morning. A soothing cup of tea can help you relax after a stressful day.
Are you more of a coffee or tea person?
Both have amazing natural benefits but coffee often gets a bad rap, while tea has the reputation of being healthier. But is tea really better for you?
No matter where your allegiance lies, it’s easy to find plenty of reasons why your drink of choice is the best option for your health. Every day seems to bring more information and reports about the benefits of coffee and tea.
While there are many reasons to add more tea to your daily routine, coffee is not quite as bad for you as you might have imagined.
Coffee vs Tea
Here are some comparisons between coffee and tea so that you can choose which one is best for you.
Coffee Has More Caffeine
This probably won’t come as a surprise to you. One of the main drawbacks of coffee is that unless you get decaf, it is going to have quite a bit of caffeine. Some people are sensitive to caffeine so much that it disrupts their sleep and causes unease throughout the day.
Personally, I can only drink a maximum of 2 caffeinated coffees a day. Any more and it starts affecting my sleep.
If this is the case for you, you should either choose decaf coffee or tea without any caffeine. If you can handle just a little caffeine, most tea is fine since it has considerably less caffeine per cup than traditional coffee.
Tea Often Contains Unique Advantages
Both coffee and tea have health benefits, but tea has some unique advantages to it. First of all, tea comes from leaves of the plants where it is grown, which have their own health benefits. These tea leaves often contain high amounts of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that do everything from lowering your risk for memory issues to helping with heart disease.
Some forms of tea, like chamomile, can relax you and lower your stress levels as well.
Coffee Contains Antioxidants
Like tea, coffee also contains antioxidants. These help tremendously with fighting off dangerous diseases and can help to protect your body from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Many people believe the only way they can get antioxidants is from food sources like berries, dark chocolate, nuts, and broccoli, but coffee also has it!
So, if you are going for tea just for the antioxidants, you can keep drinking your coffee in moderation and get the same health benefit.
Tea Has a Wide Variety of Options
If you love the flavor of black coffee, then you’re all set! But with tea, you get a lot more flavors available, especially fruit flavors. You can get black or white tea, specialty flavors, passion fruit tea, and so many other varieties. With coffee, the main differences come into play with whatever you add to it.
At the end of the day, there are definite pros and cons to each drink option, so choose whatever you like best.
I’m pretty sure that most die-hard coffee addicts won’t be giving it up any time soon, I know I won’t be, and I believe that as long as the amount you consume isn’t affecting your health, then why give up something you enjoy.
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