It’s a debate as old as time: Is tea better than coffee or is coffee better than tea?
Both sides have argued their cases, armed with facts and stories about why one is superior to the other. Although the jury is still undecided, a lot of evidence suggests that tea has the advantage.
Therefore, let us take a closer look at why drinking tea can be better for you than coffee.
TEA PROMOTES BETTER LIFESTYLE HABITS
Coffee has a reputation for being associated with unhealthy habits compared with tea drinking. One study looked at the lifestyle choices of 2,400 people between the ages of 25 and 64 years and discovered an interesting find: People who drank coffee were likelier to consume sources high in fat (meat and sausages), smoke more and drink lemonade. However, those who drank tea more had a higher rate of eating more fresh fruit, drinking more water and taking part in physical activity on the way to work.
Hence, drinking tea is likelier to push you to lead a lifestyle that reduces coronary risks.
TEA OFFERS THE BENEFITS OF COFFEE WITHOUT DISRUPTING YOUR SLEEP
Both drinks give a powerful boost of alertness and reactions, especially in the morning. That’s why most people choose to drink coffee when they wake up: A cup of tea has about half the caffeine dose that a cup of brewed coffee might. You would have to increase the tea dosage to make it equal to the strength of coffee.
However, tea has a strong advantage over coffee: It is less likely to disrupt sleep. If you drink a lot of coffee during the day, it can be more difficult to fall asleep in the night. But if you drink tea all day long, you should still be able to fall asleep more easily.
TEA HAS A WIDER RANGE OF FLAVORS
Tea has been around centuries for longer than coffee. Compared to coffee’s 800-year history, the history of tea goes back around 5000 years. It has been prominent across many cultures, from several Asian countries to Turkey. It also has a more complex taste than coffee and consequently, has more flavor options. You get mint tea, dandelion tea, peach tea and so much more! Additionally, they come with their own different health benefits.
TEA HAS HEALTH BENEFITS
The main five types of teas (white, black, oolong, green and pu-erh) contain different chemical compounds that could be potential bioactive compounds. For instance, green tea has catechins that can have significant effects on diabetes, skin disorders and weight loss. Meanwhile, herbal teas have explored possible benefits to reducing cancer risk, liver health and female health.
In the end, it goes to show that tea has an edge over coffee. It has an amazing range of flavor varieties and it helps to promote better lifestyle habits. Above all, it offers a similar caffeine jolt you get in coffee but without disrupting your sleep. That’s the best of both worlds.
So the next time you’re trying to decide what beverage to fill your energy tank, reach for the teacup instead. The payoff will be worth it.