Coffee or Tea?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by Annabeth Grey, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. ewapc101

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    Tea and coffee have both long been touted for their physical, mental, emotional and social benefits. While both drinks have their advantages, both tea enthusiasts and coffee lovers will defend their drink of choice to the end. With the fierce competition between the two drinks, it may be difficult to sort out what's true and what's just hype. The following comparisons examine the potential benefits of the world's two most popular hot drinks, allowing you to decide for yourself how they stack up. That being said, we see absolutely no reason why you can’t be a tea and a coffee person.
     
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    Both tea and coffee serve important social functions. For millennia, friends and family members have used the two drinks as a reason to gather and discuss everything from diplomatic measures to the latest gossip. Today, the drinks continue to be a mainstay of discussion groups, although they now tend to be split by function.
    For example, tea is considered the drink of relaxation, which is why friends often use it as a way to unwind after a long day. Coffee, on the other hand, has come to be associated with the work world. Coworkers frequently gather around the coffee pot to take a break from their duties and charge up for the rest of the day.
     
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    Is caffeine beneficial? It depends who you ask: The harried worker facing a 16-hour shift may depend on the energy boost that caffeine provides, but researchers disagree on whether caffeine serves as a health risk or benefit.
    But when consumed in excess, caffeine can lead to reduced concentration and even panic attacks. Both coffee and several types of tea include caffeine, but coffee contains a much higher concentration. For this reason, those apt to drink large quantities are better off sticking to tea so that they don't exceed the daily recommendation of 300 milligrams.
     
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    Coffee has its advantages, but tea wins in the war of the antioxidants. While green tea is most commonly associated with antioxidants, white tea actually contains more. Coffee also contains antioxidants, but in a much lower concentration than white tea.
    Both tea and coffee are capable of providing drinkers with benefits. Despite all the research, there still is no conclusive answer as to which drink is the better health choice. Based on caffeine levels, tea might be better if you like drinking your beverages in large quantities. Otherwise, when consumed in moderation, both beverages make an excellent addition to an overall balanced diet.
     
  5. ewapc101

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    Whether you prefer drinking tea or coffee may come down to your genes. Tea andcoffee contain bitter components that contribute to their pleasant taste. Both drinks contain bitter-tasting caffeine, while coffee contains another bitter molecule called quinine, which is also found in tonic water.
     
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    As with anything that contains caffeine, way too much coffee and tea could result in increased anxiety, tachycardia, heart palpitations, insomnia, restlessness, and nausea. High amounts of unfiltered coffee, meanwhile, has been linked to higher levels of bad cholesterol, LDL.
     
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    Tea drinkers have a significantly lower risk of stroke and heart disease, and tea is known to boost brain health. ... One cup or eight ounces of black tea contains 14-70 mg of caffeine, and green tea 24-45 mg, compared to 95-200 mg in the same sized portion of coffee.
     
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    Black, green, white and oolong teas all come from the same plant and all contain caffeine, according to a Northwestern University's Medill Reports interview with Dr. Stanley Segall, professor emeritus of nutrition and food science at Drexel University. Tea contains antioxidants that help protect the body from the negative health effects of damaging free radicals, elements that roam the bloodstream causing cellular damage. The less-processed white and green teas have higher antioxidant levels than black and oolong teas. The caffeine in tea, as in coffee, may interfere with certain medicines, so check with your doctor about whether tea or coffee is appropriate to consume on an empty stomach in the morning. Also beware of commercial cold beverages that are usurping the benefits of tea. Many of these contain a small amount of tea and a massive amount of sugar or other harmful ingredients that negate the health benefits, according to a report on ABC News' "Good Morning America."
     
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    Most morning coffee drinkers would not trade their first cup of coffee for any other beverage, which is not surprising given that the caffeine in coffee is a mildly addictive stimulant. Moderate coffee consumption might have more benefits, including lowering risk of Type 2 diabetes, reducing risk of gallstones and colon cancer, and -- the key effect for morning coffee drinkers -- improving cognitive function, Harvard Medical School reports. Coffee will keep you more alert, however, if you spread your consumption through the day rather than imbibing a few big cups first thing in the morning. People with heart concerns should discuss caffeine's potential effects on blood pressure, heart rate and heart rhythm with their doctors before consuming large amounts of coffee or any other caffeinated beverages.
     
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    Water is the most popular beverage in the world, and for good reason. Water helps all your bodily functions work more efficiently, from thinking to fighting disease to maintaining a healthful weight, according to a web page on the Lake Forest College site, and should be consumed before you drink anything else. Drink water all day, starting in the morning, advises the Iowa State University Nutrition Clinic. Improve the health benefits of that morning cup of water with a chunk of lemon. Its flavor will help wake you up, and it will add antioxidants to water's list of beneficial factors, according to a study published in the "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture" in January 2011.
     
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    You’re less likely to develop liver cancer. It also works well to reduce your chances of colorectal cancer. People who drink 4-5 cups (24 – 30 oz.) of black coffee a day have a 15% lower risk of colorectal cancer, and a 40% lower risk of liver cancer. And since liver and colorectal are the cancers responsible for the 3rd and 4th most deaths in the world, this is rather impactful. Coffee also reduces your risk for skin cancer, particularly in women, by about 20%.which is why i like my coffee plain(black).
     
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  12. ewapc101

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    Both green tea and coffee contain caffeine, as well as high amounts of antioxidants and some minerals. The health benefits from both beverages could be due to their antioxidant effects or because of something called “hormesis”. ... If you prefer tea, thenyou should continue drinking it. If you prefer coffee, then great.
     
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    Drink tea and be smarter! Sound too good to be true?
    Until last year, the effects of green tea on cognitive function were speculative, but with the improvements in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Dr. Stefan Borgwardt could view the increased connectivity in the cortices of the brain after consumption of green tea. Specifically, green tea drinkers showed increased connectivity in key parts of the brain associated with memory.
     
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    Green tea comes packed with l-theanine, and l-theanine may help you to relax and avoid anxiety.
    A study published in the Journal of Trends in Food Science & Technology by Dr. Juneja and team states that theanine acts as a neurotransmitter that increases alpha waves in the brain. Alpha waves are considered to be an indicator of relaxation. Human volunteers were given 50-200 mg of l-theanine and were shown to have increased alpha waves without drowsiness.
     
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    Drinking a single cup of green tea at night can increase your weight loss and boost your metabolism. ... Another great property of green tea is that it helps with your digestion. If you struggle with constipation or have some other digestive difficulty, drinking green tea at night can help your gut stay healthy.
     
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    Which type of tea you drink can make a difference. All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The amount of time the leaves are processed determines whether you end up with a green, black or oolong tea.
     
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    When most people think of drinking tea, they might imagine sitting in a chair and sipping a hot beverage. While that sounds great and relaxing, I'm a busy mom of a toddler, and I don't get to do a lot of sitting still. So rather than risk burning myself while rushing around, I opted to make large batches of iced tea that I stored in the refrigerator.
     
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    Plain green tea can be kind of bitter, but there's an easy fix: You can buy flavored green tea, or you can flavor it yourself. I had a lot of fun experimenting on my own. I'd brew a large pot of green tea and add honey, lemon, vanilla, cinnamon, or berries, all of which majorly improved the taste (and have health benefits of their own) without adding a lot of calories. My favorite combination was green tea infused with cinnamon, berries, and a little honey.
     
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    lipton tea drinker?
    While Lipton green tea doesn't have a clear advantage over any other brand, it does come with an array of important health benefits. Lipton offers pure green tea as well as flavored teas made with orange, passionfruit, berries and other ingredients. All Lipton tea bags yield calorie-free beverages, provided you don't add sugar, milk or other caloric additives.
     
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    It is often difficult to wind down and relax before hitting the sack because of the 101 things we all seem to consume ourselves with. To ensure a good night’s sleep, it is important to slow down, stop your mind from racing, and take it easy before bedtime. Still, every now and then we need a little help from an outside player.Do you drink tea before goin to bed?
     
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    Drinking tea is one of the most popular ways to take herbs in most other cultures of the world. In the traditional cultures that were the origins of natural remedies; teas, broths and soups are a daily part of life. That’s why Yogi has been educating people about herbal tea for over 30 years, and encouraging others to drink tea every day. Not to mention, our 60+ herbal, black and green tea blends taste delicious – there’s no reason why your daily dose of tea shouldn’t taste good and be good for you, too!
     
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    Take your yoga off the yoga mat and into the kitchen with this traditional Yogi Tea tutorial! Yogi Tea is a delightful warming beverage that promotes optimal health. It aids in digestion, strengthens the nervous system and gives you energy. It can support joint health, gut health and even mental health. Yogi tea is also a great preventative measure for colds, flu and allergies.
     
  23. ewapc101

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    That really depends on you. If you are not sensitive to caffeine and don't suffer heartburn, both coffee and teaare considered healthy especially if you skip the sugar. If it's antioxidants you're after, go for green tea which contains about three times more catechins than black tea.
     
  24. ewapc101

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    While coffee can do the same, tea has the added benefit of generally being just pure H2O with that awesome tea flavour, meaning that when it’s a scorching hot summer day, it’s much more beneficial to sip down some tea (hot or cold) as it’ll replace any fluids you’ve lost through sweating. It also means that it’s fantastic for your skin and getting it hydrated quicker.
     
  25. ewapc101

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    While it’s been commented on that tea has less caffeine than coffee when given in the same amount of servings, this isn’t actually true. Tea has the same amount of caffeine as coffee, and while both are stimulants, coffee has a much bigger depressing effect (not making you sad but reducing your energy levels) than tea, meaning that while both tea and coffee will give you a bigger rush of caffeine, with coffee, the high will also last shorter and drop quicker. If you’re wanting something to keep you going through the work day, tea is the best choice.
     
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    Tea: Memory loss and Alzheimer’s can both be mitigated by the antioxidants found in green tea. One study showed that older adults who drink more than two cups of green tea per day have a substantially lower risk of memory decline.
     
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    Most people know that coffee has more caffeine than tea, right? That’s actually not quite true. While brewed coffee does have more caffeine than steeped tea, it’s because coffee is a stronger drink than tea. Tea leaves actually contain more caffeine than coffee beans.
     
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    Stock up on your favorite black and green teas now because there are many studies that show how tea may help prevent stroke and heart disease. When you include tea as part of a daily healthy diet you are assisting your body in reducing high and bad cholesterol. This is really important for heart health since cholesterol can eventually build up in the artery walls and slow down – or even block – the natural blood flow to the heart muscle. Furthermore, the phytochemicals in tea may improve blood vessel function as well as enhance the arteries ability to dilate – in turn increasing blood flow and reducing blood pressure. Tea is great for improving and increasing circulation, which plays an important role in cardiovascular health.
     
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    A cup of tea contains more than 90% water, and it is an important source of fluids which can count towards your daily liquid intake, according to the Tea Advisory Panel UK. Black tea is a good source of potassium, which helps your body stay hydrated and balances the fluids in your system. So, there you go, all the more reason to explore the world of tea and drink liberally throughout the day!
     
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    There is no smell I love waking up to more than fresh brewed coffee, especially on Saturday mornings with my husband. There is just something so inviting about the smell of coffee that makes me feel ready to face the day or feel renewed midday. I actually love the aroma of coffee so much that I even have coffee-scented candles. They’re heavenly, but they’re nothing quite like the scent of a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
     

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