Tea and Coffee
What is your most preferred beverage? Is it a cup of Tea? Or is it a cup of Coffee? What gives you the best taste & more health benefits? Let’s find out which one is the best beverage for your daily consumption.
Major differences of Tea & Coffee
Caffeine content is one of the major concerns about Tea and Coffee. The most important health benefit of Caffeine is its ability to enhance focus and alert. Other than that Caffeine can improve your memory, decrease fatigue, improve mental functioning, and speed up the reaction time. The general belief is that Coffee has more caffeine compared to tea. However, Tea leaves are rich with more naturally occurring caffeine than unfiltered coffee beans. The difference comes with the brewing style where coffee is brewed strongly while tea is a generally weaker infusion. As coffee is typically brewed at higher temperatures allowing more caffeine molecules to release from beans. Tea is brewed at lower temperatures and therefore the caffeine molecules are not extracted like in coffee. Another reason to reflect a lower level of caffeine in Tea is we only consume the infusion of tea leaves where we consume the entire coffee bean. Therefore we are losing a significant part of caffeine present in Tea leaves, which leads less sleeping issues. (For tea lovers who suffered from sleeping problems, this article might give you some help.)
The caffeine content in a cup (236 ml) of Coffee – 80-185 mg
The caffeine content in a cup (236 ml) of Black tea – 15-70 mg
Coffee is a beverage with more bitterness and a strong flavor. Coffee has a more acidic taste resulting in a bold astringent flavor. The strong taste and chemical profile of Coffee can be harsh on your stomach. However Coffee doesn’t have many taste variations like tea. Tea offers a vast range of flavors as it has several varieties and its taste differs according to the growing place. Tea consists of black tea, green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and herbal tea which gives different flavor profiles like earthy, fruity, nutty, spicy, malty so on.
Health benefits of Coffee include preventing type 2 diabetes, increasing physical performance, and a good source of essential nutrients. Coffee contains essential nutrients such as B vitamins, manganese, potassium. Drinking a couple of cups of coffee may lead you to consume proper amounts of vitamins and nutrients. Health benefits of Tea include preventing cancers, weight loss, protecting brain function, prevent heart disease.
TYPES OF CONSUMPTION
Coffee consumption types include, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Brewed, Instant, Decaf Brewed, decaf Instant, Plunger, and Filter coffee. Teas consist of Black tea, White Tea, Green tea, Red tea, Yellow tea, and instant tea.
Additions for Coffee – Sugar, Milk
Additions for Tea – Sugar, Milk, Spices, Ginger, Lemon juice, herbal components
Which one is healthier? Tea or Coffee?
Both Tea and Coffee contain caffeine and antioxidants which are helpful to feel you more energized. However, when it comes to Coffee, there are multiple side effects like high blood pressure, insomnia, increased heart rate, nervousness, nausea, and vomiting due to high caffeine levels compared to tea. But if someone wants to have an instant energy fix, Coffee is the best option to select.
IT’S YOUR DECISION…
Both Tea and Coffee have health benefits and the choice will depend on taste and desired benefits. If someone wants to reduce caffeine intake, tea is the best choice as you can drink many cups of tea per day without increasing much caffeine. However, having a limited number of Coffee cups per day may not affect your health and both tea and coffee may increase the body’s energy level.