If you’re like a lot of people, you just don’t feel your morning is the same without a cup (or three) of your favorite coffee or tea. But there’s conflicting opinion on whether coffee or green tea is better for you. Both offer benefits; if you’ve ever wondered which one is healthier for you, then read on!
Health Benefits of Coffee
First off, a study has shown that people who drink four cups of coffee a day have 30 percent less chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes than someone who doesn’t drink coffee. Further, coffee may reduce a person’s chance of developing liver cancer and is also associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. If you’re a man, coffee may prevent you from developing Parkinson’s.
Compared to green tea, coffee actually has more antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect the cells in your body from damage, from toxic substances and pollution.
One more benefit of coffee is that it can help give you the energy to do just a little bit more during workouts, so it is associated with muscle stimulation and growth.
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Downsides of Coffee
Of course, you can’t look at the benefits of something without considering the drawbacks. Coffee can give you bad breath. Additionally, if you drink too much coffee, you can feel jittery, restless, and unable to sleep.
Caffeine addiction is another problem associated with coffee. If you drink a lot of coffee, feel you can’t function without it, and live in a cycle of tiredness, drink coffee, tiredness, drink coffee, then you probably have a caffeine addiction that you should address. If you are following a cleansing diet or detox you should avoid caffeine, as it can impact your results and put a stress on the body.
Yet another thing to consider if you drink coffee is where your beans come from. Some coffee has a lot of pesticide used to grow it; they are a heavily sprayed crop in most countries. If you are going to drink coffee, choose beans that are organic and fair-trade grown.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has antioxidants, too! Just like with coffee, there are links between green tea consumption and the lowered risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Coffee seems “better” at it, though. Green tea appears better at slowing cognitive decline in the elderly.
Yet some more benefits of green tea: it can help prevent skin cancer and also helps you burn fat. The caffeine and EGCG in the beverage helps rev the metabolism and shrink fat cells.
One more benefit to green tea is that it can kill the bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities.
Downsides of Green Tea
There really are no downsides to drinking green tea, unless you’re drinking so much of it a day that you overdo it on the caffeine. Of course, choose organic tea if you can, to reduce your exposure to pesticides.
Caffeine in coffee: one cup could contain between 100 and 150 mg, or more.
Caffeine in green tea: one cup could contain around 25 mg of caffeine.
So Which Is Better?
As you can see, green tea and coffee both offer great health advantages, as long as you don’t overdo it. Enjoy your favorite beverage – in moderation!
It appears, though, that drinking both can help reduce your chances of having a stroke. If you like both coffee and green tea, stick with one cup of coffee and four cups of green tea a day to enjoy the best protection from stroke.