Tea vs Coffee – Which is healthier?
Posted on 19 May 2016
Apart from water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. On the other hand, it can’t be denied that we’re a nation of coffee lovers too! We’ll try and stay as impartial as possible, but we are indeed tea lovers. Read on to see who wins in the coffee vs tea battle…
Both coffee and tea contain caffeine. A typical cup of tea contains around 11 milligrams of caffeine whilst coffee packs in up to 40 milligrams of the stuff. Caffeine can be a very handy stimulant: it has been said to reduce the incidence of Dementia and type 2 Diabetes and may help those with asthma by relaxing the lung’s airways. Caffeine also helps relax blood vessels connecting to the brain to soften migraines and headaches. Caffeine alleviates hangovers because of this this too (hallelujah!). So, it seems that coffee wins here, however note that Tea Huggers’ Hangover Help tea is also a superb antidote to those annoying hangovers!
However, unlike coffee, tea is booming with antioxidants and potential cancer-fighting properties. The polyphenol compounds in tea are wonderful for strengthening the immune system and include free radical cells which protect against DNA damage. Tea is seen as medicinal as it’s rejuvenating and calming (coffee is nowhere near as hydrating as tea). Add to this, tea has been found to increase metabolism, burn fat and protect against cardiovascular and degenerative diseases. Ding ding ding, one point to tea!
All tea isn’t made equal, some teas are much better than others. For example, the Yerba Mate found in our Good Morning tea has a stonking 90% more antioxidants than green tea and the benefits of tea delivered to the body can depend on processing and the way it was brewed.
400 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year, which must stand for something. Coffee has also been found to significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s Disease and the caffeine may also help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s. Coffee can also boast that consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer but up to 40% and the risk of liver disease is slashed too. Wow!
So, we’ve weighed it up and for today, coffee isn’t quite our cup of tea! Although coffee is a key player, we just can’t turn down the fact that 52% of the people studied by YouGov in the UK in 2014 chose tea over coffee (we don’t blame you).
Tea Huggers x