Pick Your Perk: Coffee or Tea?

Do you prefer coffee or tea? Both have health benefits and both go greatly with your morning routine. But which is better for you?

Let’s start with tea. Tea has been the drink of choice for many for centuries. Whether it’s white, green or black tea is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants. It may even play a role in preventing certain types of cancer, lowering cholesterol and aiding in weight loss.

Tea has less caffeine than coffee, which may or may not be a good thing. You’ll still get that mental alertness you crave, without getting the jitters.

Brewed tea is better than bottled teas which are typically loaded with sweeteners and calories. To get the best health benefits, avoid adding a lot of sugar to your freshly brewed cup. Adding lemon is a healthy way to punch up the flavor.

According to Web MD, green tea, made with steamed leaves, has been shown to interfere with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal dancers. It may also prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, reduce the risk of neurological disorders, reduce the risk of stroke and improve cholesterol.

White tea is unfermented and has been shown to have the most potent anticancer properties. Black tea is made with fermented tea leaves and has the most caffeine. Web MD says black tea may protect lungs from damaged caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke.

All of these things make a strong case for tea, but coffee has many promising benefits as well. There’s a reason millions of Americans have to have their morning cup of joe. Coffee may be the greatest source of antioxidants in your diet. Aside from being high in antioxidants, according to Mayo Clinic, coffee has been shown to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer. Let’s not forget the intoxicating smell – coffee’s aroma is one of the most delicious.

Coffee packs more caffeine than tea which is ideal for getting you going; however it’s recommended you keep it under four cups a day to avoid restlessness, anxiety, irritability and sleeplessness. It’s also best to keep cream and sugar at bay, which can add calories to your diet.

Whether you choose coffee or tea, both will give your body a boost. As with everything good, drink in moderation for the best benefits.

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Liz Hayes
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