Tea Vs Coffee: Which One Is Healthier And Why?

Tea and coffee both are the favourite beverages of the whole world. Choose the healthier one and here is the reason why.

Navya Kharbanda
Reviewed by: Swati BathwalUpdated at: Jan 22, 2021 16:29 ISTWritten by: Navya Kharbanda
Tea Vs Coffee: Which One Is Healthier And Why?

For many people, tea and coffee are the essentials to keep their body working. They engage themselves in a habit and there's no coming back. Both tea and coffee are very addictive and tasty. While coffee is prefer by the working class, tea is the first choice of most homemakers. People cannot imagine their morning or evening without these beverages. From kids to the senior citizens, everyone is fond of these two drinks. Well, is there any comparison? Have you ever thought that which one is healthier for you? Well, we can't weigh the personal preference of people but we can definitely discuss the pros and cons of tea V/S coffee. They both provide some similar health benefits but have differences at the same time. Various researches have found out that tea can help in curing some serious diseases too. Whereas, coffee is good for your skin. Below is a comparison of both the beverages and a result to which one is healthier and why to help you make a assertive decision.

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Antioxidants

The items that are rich in antioxidants can help your body as well as skin. It protects you from damage and many chronic diseases too. Tea and coffee are high in antioxidants and can help in boosting your health. Many groups of polyphenols are present in tea and coffee. The aflavins, the arubigins, and catechins are present in black tea, whereas coffee is a good source of flavonoids and chlorogenic acid. Many studies have proved in resulting black tea having cancer-protective properties.

An old study observed that 74,961 healthy people said that drinking 4 cups or more of black tea per day were proved to have a 21% lower risk of stroke, compared to non-drinkers. The other one said that 34,670 healthy women showed that drinking 5 cups or more of coffee per day lowered the risk of stroke by 23% as compared to non-drinkers.

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Caffeine

Caffeine is the consumed by more than half of the population of the world. It is an addiction for a lot of millennials. A morning tea/coffee has become a crucial part for many individuals. In fact, caffeine is present in many beverages including tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc. It is beneficial for your body but has harmful effects too. An average human consumption of caffeine content should be 400 mg per day. More than this is considered to be unsafe for human body and can have various health effects. Caffeine content is distinct as it depends upon brewing time, serving size, or preparation method, coffee can easily pack twice the caffeine as an equal serving of tea. Although, scientists have researched more on coffee when it comes to caffeine, but both of them contain different amounts of this element.

It is powerful enough to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer and enhance your mood or alertness. Many fitness enthusiasts drink black coffee, as it helps them in their workout performance.

Energy boosting effect

Both coffee and tea enable an energy boosting effect in your body but in different ways like:

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1# Tea

Tea is low in caffeine than coffee, but it sure has high levels of L-theanine. It is a very powerful and useful antioxidant that helps in keeping you calmed and relaxed. It keeps you mentally alert along with the feeling of relaxation. This is the reason why tea boosts your energy more than coffee. Dieitian Swati Bathwal adds, “Tea containing less caffeine can be consumed more but it shouldn’t be consumed with iron rich foods as it decreases the absorption of iron. And, remember to make sure that the both tea and coffee are brewed to their required temperature”

2# Coffee

Speaking about the benefits of coffee, Dietitian Swati Bathwal says, “Average consumption of coffee shouldn’t be more than 350 mg a day. And caffeine varies from the brewing  process and roasting. Black coffee not only increase cardio performance but it also helps in uplifting mood, protects liver but shouldn’t be consumed more than 4 cups a day. For each cup of black coffee consume 2 glasses of water to prevent dehydration.” 

It is quite clear that coffee contains a high amount of caffeine, which increases your energy levels. The effect of dopamine and adenosine levels help in increasing your heart rate and keeping you sleepless and less tired. That's why a lot people take coffee when they need an urgent energy push.

3# Weight loss management with Tea & Coffee

Coffee can help in burning calories as it has as it has a huge amount of caffeine present in it. It also has certain fat burning properties that can aid weight loss. On the other hand, tea polyphenols like theaflavin also have a part to play in losing weight. Theaflavins also contribute in improving your fat metabolism. Moreover, black tea polyphenols can also prove to be a healthy bacteria for your intestines, which in turn can help in weight management.

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Conclusion: which one is better?

Both tea and coffee are healthy for your body. However, overconsumption of anything is not good. Too much caffeine can also be harmful for you. You can make your own decision post weighing the pros and cons or go with the tastier one. It mostly comes down to your own personal preference. Some find the flavour of tea leaves combined with ginger relaxing, while some get amused as to how coffee makes them open their sleepy eyes. But, on a concluding note, Dietitian Swati Bathwal says, “Adding milk to tea and coffee defeats all the above purpose Make sure your tea and coffee are black and no milk is added to them.”

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