Both beverages have a legion of loyal drinkers, but is one group edging out the other in terms of health benefits?
Both coffee and tea are brimming with ingredients that are beneficial to the body in their own ways, but the dynamic interaction between them may be what’s of greatest benefit to you. So does one rank as more virtuous than the other? Read on to find out.
What’s good about coffee?
It’s also been shown to lower the risk of some cancers, including endometrial cancer and non-melanoma skin cancer. A study of more than 500,000 people across the world concluded that coffee drinking was associated with reduced risk of death from various causes.
This was even true in people who drank as many as eight cups per day!
Just don’t load up your morning joe with sugar and cream or you may erase the good benefits entirely.
These signs suggest you may be drinking too much coffee.
What’s good about tea?
Those ingredients include antioxidants and polyphenols, compounds that may also help lower blood pressure, reduce cognitive decline, lower your stroke risk, and improve weight loss.
What’s more, research shows that regular tea drinkers have less inflammation, perhaps thanks to a compound called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Inflammation is connected to many medical conditions, from arthritis to heart disease. EGCG could lower the risk of plaque formations in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Which is better?
Tea gets the leg up for one reason only: the plethora of powerful antioxidants and polyphenols. Yes, coffee has them, too, but tea often has them in higher concentrations.
“Coffee and tea both have their benefits, but all tea contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral benefits due to its polyphenol and antioxidant content,” says Will Cole, IFMCP, DC, a functional-medicine expert and author of Ketotarian. “Additionally, different types of tea offer their own unique benefits.”
Of course, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you may need to avoid both. Coffee has more than tea—about 92 milligrams per cup—but tea still racks up about 50 milligrams.
But if you find yourself in the camp of people who drink both regularly, even better. Research suggests that people who drink a combination of coffee and tea daily have a lower risk of death compared to people who drink coffee exclusively.
Thinking of switching your brew of choice? Try our Uncoffee: A caffeine-free bevvy.
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Servings - 1serving
Prep Time - 5minutes
1 tbsp raw cacao
1 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
1-2 tbsp coconut sugar or honey
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup Chai Spice Almond Milk
1 1/2 cups hot water or 1 cup cold water
1/2 cup ice cubes
- Dissolve the coffee substitute, cacao, coconut oil, and sweetener of choice in the warm water. Pour in the almond milk and then your choice of water. Sip away!