Tea or Coffee: Which is a healthier pick for you?
Pros- Tea is s rich in L-theanine, an antioxidant that stimulates our brain. This antioxidant helps in maintaining your alertness, focus, attention, and sharpness. Regular tea drinkers are also said to have higher bone density and better immunity.
Cons- Tea is known to stain your teeth and leave a yellowish tint behind. Tea is also linked with lower iron absorption from food. According to a study, drinking tea with a meal resulted in a 62% reduction in iron absorption compared to 35% for coffee.
Pros- According to some experts, caffeine is related to the weight loss process. This is why many people drink black coffee before a workout as it is said to have fat-burning properties. Experts also link coffee with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and Parkinson's.
Cons- If you have gastric and stomach issues, it is better to lower your coffee intake as it is more acidic than tea. Unfiltered coffee is also said to increase cholesterol levels. Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee per day can also reduce bone density, which can make your bones brittle, increasing the risk of fracture.
Which is better?
When it comes to caffeine levels, tea is better than coffee as it contains lower amounts of caffeine. One cup of black tea contains 14-70 mg of caffeine, while coffee contains 95-200 mg of caffeine.
Which drink is better also depends on the method of preparing it. If you brew your tea or coffee too much, their antioxidant levels take a dip which further lowers their nutritive goodness. It is best to just boil your brew once and quickly pour it in a glass. This will keep the flavours and antioxidants intact.
If you are a die-hard coffee lover, you can safely drink two cups of coffee every day. When it comes to a safe limit of consumption, it is better to always have tea or coffee in small quantities. This will satiate your cravings and will also ensure that you don’t get a caffeine overdose.