There are two types of people in this world, coffee lovers and tea lovers and there is an ongoing debate between them since the mainstreaming and instagraming of coffee and tea. Coffee lovers try to prove that coffee is better than tea and tea lovers do the same. Time has evolved our knowledge of both the cups of awesomeness and we are getting close to the winning decision.
Coffee is the essence of the seeds of coffee berries after they are dried, roasted and ground to a fine powder while tea is prepared by processing, extracting and brewing of tea leaves and is has somewhat less caffeine than coffee.
Whether it is coffee or tea, it turns out that too much of something is bad for your health.
According to research by Dr. Eric Rimm, a professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the health benefits of coffee start decreasing after a person drinks more than one to five cups of coffee per day. The excessive intake of caffeine leads to insomnia, blood pressure, nervousness and increased heartbeat and can put you at risk of developing chronic diseases.
And according to Dr. Howard Sesso, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School excessive amounts of tea is harmful to the kidneys as they are a rich source of oxalates, which cause kidney stones and he recommends not to be drawn towards green tea extracts and the likes of it as evidence about their safety is limited.
The risks keep on increasing for both coffee and tea users when cream or sugar is added to your cup of instagram. These additional calories increase your blood sugar and add inches to your waistline.
Just like coffee, adding sugar and cream in tea cancels out it’s the beneficial effects.
But all is not gloom and doom for two of our most loved beverages. Both coffee and tea gives you a lot of reasons to live on with zest.
The major ingredient in coffee is caffeine which improves wakefulness by stimulating the central nervous system while tea is a good source of a group of chemicals called flavonoids which help to reduce inflammation and plaque buildup inside arteries and green tea has higher amounts of flavonoids than black tea.
Coffee helps prevent the cells from absorbing sugar, helps the blood vessels to contract and relax and increases metabolism of the body. This lowers blood pressure and reduces the risks of developing diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular and neurological diseases.
Coffee contains small amounts of magnesium, potassium, niacin and antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and polypherols which remove oxidizing agents in your body to prevent damage to your cells.
But anyone looking for uniqueness has to go no further than tea, as studies have shown that people who drink tea are different from people who don’t drink tea. Also people who drink tea are less likely to have heart problems.
As the healthiness of tea goes, it can also lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure in the body and has a half the amount of caffeine than coffee, a reason for tea lovers to rejoice as the adverse effects of caffeine stay far and away from them.
Dr. Eric Rimm, says, “Our understanding of coffee is evolving. We’re learning more about it all the time.” He adds, “Where we clearly see the greatest benefit is in the realm of diabetes and obesity.”
Dr. Howard Sesso responds, “We can’t quite disentangle whether it’s their tea drinking or something else those people are doing that lowers their risk of cardiovascular disease.” He adds, “Drink tea if you enjoy it, in moderation, and not because you’re taking it as a medicine.”
The revival of tea began as soon as green tea was linked with a slim stomach. Coffee? Either love it or leave it, for those with a loose nerve for caffeine know what to do. Let’s just combine both to create a more potent potion.