Coffee vs. Tea – Health Benefits

5 09 2010

The Coffee vs. Tea debate is a widely disputed one.  Both have been enjoyed around the world for centuries and many consider one or the other to be a vital part of their daily routine.

Tea was discovered by the ancient Chinese ruler Shen Nong, when a fateful leaf fell into his boiling water.

The history of coffee began much later and is believed to have been first cultivated in Arabia near the Red Sea in 674 A.D. The story of Coffee dates back to the 1400s, when a Yemeni shepherd named Kaldi noticed that his sheep began to act unusually frisky after eating berries from an unfamiliar plant. Curious, Kaldi picked one and popped it into his mouth. Within a few minutes, he was as hyperactive as a kid. He told of his discovery of this stimulator to scholars who used it to keep awake, and then someone made a “tea” out of it (“tea” out of coffee fruits without the bean is still known in Yemen and has a similar, but milder effect). The story says that then one day someone dropped a bean into the fire by accident, and thus coffe was born. Mocha, an old yemeni port, was the first and for a long time the only place to export coffee, hence the name “Mocca Coffee”.   – diffen.com

Tea has been around for ages, but coffee is probably the most popular choice in America today.  So which is more beneficial to our health?  Well, lets take a look at the pros and cons of each:

Coffee:

+Pros

  1. Great source of energy through caffeine
  2. Provides antioxidants helping regulate blood sugar
  3. Provides antioxidants reducing the risk of diabetes
  4. Provides relief of asthma
  5. Lessens risk of Parkinson’s by providing dopamine to the brain
  6. Helps decrease the formation of gallstones

-Cons

  1. Increases heart risk when taken in excess
  2. Increases cholesterol
  3. Causes sleep problems
  4. Irritability
  5. Anxiousness
  6. Most of the benefits are acquired when consumed black, without creamer or sugar
  7. Discolors and stains teeth

Tea:

+Pros

  1. Provides more antioxidants than coffee
  2. Helps fight numerous types of cancer
  3. Reduces risk for heart diseases
  4. Helps fight Alzheimer’s
  5. Helps fight osteoporosis
  6. Helps to relax blood vessels
  7. Reduces cholesterol levels
  8. Inhibits formation of blood clots
  9. Speeds up metabolism

-Cons

  1. Can cause kidney stones when taken in excess
  2. Tea leaves contain fluoride

When comparing the pros and cons of the two, Tea is obviously the healthier choice.  Coffee provides it’s fair share of benefits but is best taken in moderation.  Too much and you risk multiple health issues.  Tea, on the other hand, provides more benefits and has fewer health risks than coffee.  So the next time in the coffee shop, when the option arises, opt for the Tea!

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3 responses

21 09 2010
Scarybooster

I drink herbal tea everyday with honey. Sleepytime is great stuff.

22 09 2010
medwa

Me too man. Love mine with honey and a pinch of cinnamon.

22 09 2010
Scarybooster

I like coffee once and awhile but work really ruined it for me. They brew coffee all day long and it smells gross. I hate the smell of burnt coffee. That and I can’t drink it black. I have to add a tub of sugar and creamer. I might as well drink soda

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