It’s gloves off for the age-old battle of tea vs. coffee. The hot drink consumers of the world won’t settle until there is finally an answer, but will there ever be a conclusion to the debate? Well, it looks as though there might be a winner after all as we explore why tea is better for you than coffee.
Tea gives you a bigger boost
Did you know that coffee might not be the answer if you’re looking for a caffeine boost? Yes, a cup of Joe can have a huge amount of caffeine that will give you a quick rush of energy. However, almost as quickly as it’s come, it’s gone. On the other hand, tea will keep you going for longer. Both drinks have the same amount of caffeine, but coffee has an intense “come down” effect compared to tea. It might be time to swap out that morning brew.
Tea helps you to sleep
A study has shown that people who drink tea are much more likely to get a fulfilling nights sleep than coffee drinkers. Not only does the caffeine from tea naturally leave our body throughout the day, but there are also several variants of tea that have been used to natural help sleep over the years. Herbal teas, such as chamomile and lavender, have both been proven to have incredible effects on your sleep quality.
Tea could make you live longer
Okay, so it might not buy you more time, but it does have incredible effects on our lifespan compared to coffee. As little as two cups of tea a day could make a dramatic impact, but why? This is where it gets a bit technical. Research has shown that tea could contain a compound in tea that alters our genes. Yup, you read that right. Tea can physically change our body meaning we are more adept at dealing with hormones and disease, such as cancer.
Tea helps our hearts
One of the side effects of coffee is a faster heart rate. This is thanks to all the caffeine pumping around our bodies. However, tea could have a better outcome than we ever thought. Studies have shown that drinking over six cups of tea a day could reduce the risk of developing heart disease by up to 36% compared to the 20% lower risk coffee drinkers get to enjoy.
Tea can help weight loss
Did you now that drinking tea could have several weight loss effects? That is if you’re brewing up a cup of the green stuff. This tea is proven to boost your metabolism as well as break down fat cells in our body. Coffee, however, is shown to cause a spike in blood sugar levels. These peaks can cause significant issues with our heart over the years, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, compared with drinking a cup of tea.
Tea contains more antioxidants
Of course, this all depends on the tea you are brewing up as to how many effects you will receive. However, tea overall has more antioxidants than coffee. These are all down to the catechins found in tea that help keep us healthy in a number of ways. Not only can catechins help with weight loss, but they can also reduce the risk of certain illnesses and even protect our heart health. Who knew one cup of tea could hold so many benefits?
We’re sorry to say it coffee lovers of the world, but it looks like tea will be taking home the winning cup with this one. Perhaps it’s time to put the kettle on and realize how good a cup of tea can taste? Now we can enjoy its deliciousness for all it’s worth and even be doing ourselves some good. It’s a win-win situation.