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Health benefit of Tea and Coffee

Posted May 26 2009 12:00am

As interest in diet, fitness and living a healthier lifestyle grows, so does the popularity of tea and coffee increases. Coffee and tea remain two very different beverages that do different things for different people. For health benefits, tea will always beat coffee, especially white and green tea. Tea has more antioxidants per cup than coffee does, and also contains less caffeine. A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee, and a lot more antioxidants such as flavonoids, catechins, and tannins. Coffee does not have as much as these properties present, but does have its share of minerals though Research has shown that coffee has health benefits, despite its bad reputation.

Green, and white tea have even less caffeine and even more antioxidants. In fact, white tea has shown to contain the highest levels, and is one of the best sources when measured by volume for antioxidants in the world.

The health benefits of antioxidants are broad, since the compounds neutralize errant molecules known as “free radicals.” These electrically unbalanced cells kill healthy cells as they try to stabilize themselves by robbing sub-atomic particles. This process has been implicated in premature aging, cardiovascular disease, degenerative brain disorders, cancer, cataracts, the decline of the immune and nervous system, and other health problems.

If you prefer decaffeinated tea, you should be aware of that there are two methods to decaffeinate tea.
One is a chemical process using ethyl acetate that basically destroys 70% of the health benefits of tea.  If you choose tea decaffeinated via the chemical process, you might as well not even drink the tea in my humble opinion.
The second method involves using Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Water.  This method is more expensive, but less damaging to the tea leaves.  Most health-conscious prefer the CO2 method and either ask or look on the label for verification.

Caffeine in Tea Compared With Coffee

The following lists the amount of caffeine in an 8oz cup of various teas and coffee:

  • Coffee: 100 mg
  • Black Tea: 40 to 50 mg
  • Oolong Tea: 25 to 35 mg
  • Green Tea: 20 to 30 mg
  • Decaffeinated Black Tea: 4 mg
  • Decaffeinated Green Tea: 4 mg

Benefits in Coffee Drink

Regular drinking black coffee can give you the best benefits that it has. With black coffee, drinking approximately 4 cups or more a day can in fact lower your risk of having diabetes and prevent you from getting different cancers.

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Research has shown that the more coffee one drinks, the greater the protection. Men who drank six or more cups a day reduced their diabetes risk by 54%, four to five cups by 29% and one to three by 7%. In women, the figures were, respectively, 29%, 30% and 1%. Results were adjusted to offset other risk factors such as age, weight and exercise, and so coffee drinking was isolated as the cause of the benefit.
Scientists had long suspected a connection between coffee and cancer protection. A powerful antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee, methylpyridinium, boosts blood enzymes widely believed to protect against colon cancer. Methylpyridinium is formed in the roasting process from a chemical found naturally in coffee beans. The stronger the coffee, the study also found, the higher the level of the compound, with darker roasts containing two to three times more than medium roasts.

Coffee consumption has been proven to cut the risk of liver cirrhosis by 80%, to help manage asthma and even control attacks when medication is unavailable, and in moderation to decrease the risk of developing acute coronary disease. It’s also shown that coffee can stop a headache, boost mood, prevent cavities, and even offset damage of smoking and heavy alcohol intake.

Benefit in Tea

We’ve heard a lot about the health benefits of tea, especially green tea. It is high in polyphenols–compounds with strong antioxidant activity that in test-tube and animal models show anticancer and heart-protective effects.
Similar to coffee, tea helps prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Tea may also help keep bones strong to help fight against Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects peoples posture which affects the way they walk. Drinking tea may help you ward off Osteoporosis which is very important.

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Tea may be more vital to your health than you think. Coffee just suppresses your appetite making you not want to eat. However, tea helps speed up your metabolism which causes you to burn fat faster and helps you to lose weight alot quicker.
Drinking at least one cup of tea a day could cut the risk of heart attack by 44%, according to recent research. Investigators say the beneficial results probably are due to the powerful amounts of natural substances in tea known as flavonoids, vitamin-like nutrients that make blood cells less prone to clotting. Flavonoids also are one of the most powerful antioxidants, or substances that offset the damaging effects of oxygen in the body.
Unlike coffee, tea helps your teeth. Coffee makes your teeth discolored and brittle. However tea has antioxidants that prevent cavities and unlike coffee, tea doesn’t stain your teeth. Coffee drinkers are advised to visit the dentist a minimum of 2 times per year unlike non-coffee drinkers who may got once a year.

But coffee does have its advantages over tea in some areas. Take the simple fact that if you can tolerate caffeine, coffee is a great stimulant, and is helpful in waking folks up in the morning. People also prefer the stronger taste of coffee when having breakfast over the lighter flavor of tea.

Brewing coffee and tea is different for each, as tea is steeped in an infuser or tea bag, while coffee is either made in a percolator or slowly dripped through grains and into a pot.

When it come to tea vs coffee as far as varieties, tea has this one as well. There are literally thousands of varieties and sub varieties of tea that are processed by many different cultures worldwide. Tea is also a more social beverage than coffee and is a better choice if one just wants to relax with a calming drink. If you have a choice between coffee or tea, tea is better! If coffee is part of your morning routine, you have nothing to worry about.

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