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Coffee vs. tea: the health benefits and drawbacks of both


As the morning rolls around once again, it can be time to make the hard decision: tea or coffee? Both are equally as delicious, but it can be tough to know which one to brew up. There are health benefits and drawbacks of both, and it seems about time to find out which one comes out on top.

Health benefits of tea

Believe it or not, but people that regularly drink tea are shown to have a much lower chance of suffering from heart disease or a stroke after drinking six cups of tea a day. As if that wasn’t enough, drinking tea is shown to help boost brain power while we are young while green tea helps to prevent age-related memory loss in later years. To top it off, studies have shown that people who enjoy a cup of tea also have stronger bones than those who don’t.

Drawbacks of tea

It might sound like a vain reason, but drinking tea has been shown as one of the worst offenders for stained teeth. These can sometimes we so tough they take a ton of whitening products to get them back to normal. Tea can also be packed full of hidden caffeine that could quickly up your level of the stuff without you realizing. To top it off, tea also contains an antioxidant that can interfere with the body’s ability to naturally absorb iron from natural sources, such as beans or green vegetables.

Health benefits of coffee

If you want to live a longer life, then it might be time to start drinking more coffee as it is shown to prolong many people’s lives. A cup of coffee can also be the key to keeping your digestive system in check. That’s not all. Regular coffee drinkers can also enjoy the benefits or preventing certain cancers, protection from developing Parkinson’s disease, and even helping to fight off the development of type 2 diabetes. Coffee is also packed full of antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation throughout our bodies.

Drawbacks of coffee

One of the drawbacks of coffee is the fact it acts as a diuretic meaning it flushes water from our bodies. The high caffeine content has also been linked to upping our risk of developing heart disease in people with a specific genetic mutation, as well as being accused of weakening our bones. However, there are few studies to truly back up either point. On the other hand, studies have revealed that excessive coffee can be responsible for increased anxiety symptoms, including the jitters and going from high to low emotions.

So there we have it; there are health benefits and drawbacks of both tea and coffee. It seems as though we can’t enjoy anything nowadays without a host of side effects that come along, too. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time we start enjoying life and drinking cups of whatever we like while we still can? That sounds like a pretty good idea. You know it’s all about the coffee.