When it comes to coffee and tea drinkers, there’s a long debate as to which is best for you. Which wakes you up the most in the mornings? And which stops you sleeping at night? All of the questions have been asked, but it often comes down to personal preference as opposed to actual science to back up your theories on the age old tea/coffee argument at work. Well, here are some simple facts which will hopefully shed some light on this often heated discussion.
Which is better for a longer life?
Yes, you heard that right, drinking tea or coffee every day can potentially prolong your time on this planet - but which one is better at doing this neat little trick? Well, in the latest study on coffee which backs up evidence from the National Institutes of Health, it was found that when compared with men who did not drink coffee, those who drank six or more cups a day had a 10% lower risk of death. Women in this category of consumption similarly had a 15% lower risk of death.
Regular tea drinkers have similarly been found to live longer than average, with women in their 70s and 80s living longer if they drank the equivalent of two cups of tea per day. It’s also been found in a study conducted by Weronika Ek from Uppsula University that regular tea drinking (sadly not coffee, however) is associated with changes in varying gene regions of the body which are known to interact with cancer. Tea wins for now, but can coffee pull it back?
Which is best for antioxidants?
According to Dr Bob Arnot: “coffee contains two and half times more polyphenols than tea on average.” But how is this beneficial to us? Polyphenols can help with inflammation, and inflammation is known to be the driving force behind numerous illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. However, differing methods of roasting coffee means the difference between brands is quite staggering. It’s one all for now, but it’s recommended that you take in a variety of polyphenols, meaning drinking tea too can be of benefit - so the best of both worlds!
Which will help my digestive system the most?
It’s been reported by researchers at the University of Southern California that coffee consumption decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. This was seen for both caffeinated and decaf varieties of coffee.
On the whole in these three categories, it appears that coffee has clinched it and is better for our overall health than tea. However, all in all it’s down to preference, are you a tea drinker or coffee drinker? Or maybe you love a bit of both?
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