It’s a battle as old as time: coffee vs. tea. Okay, so maybe there’s not an actual battle, but we know the coffee lovers out there and we know the tea lovers. Everyone wants to know which one is better and why. Well, we’re here to finally give you the truth.
Tea has been around a lot longer than coffee. It’s the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. Tea was first discovered in China around 2737 BC while coffee appeared much later around the 11th century in Ethiopia.
Depending on the tea, both can contain caffeine although it does differ quite a bit. An 8oz cup of tea averages 14 to 61mg of caffeine while an 8oz cup of coffee has at least 95mg. So, if you’re looking for a pick-me-up and an afternoon jolt, you’ll be much better served drinking a cup of coffee.
Okay, but which one is healthier in general? This is a little more difficult to dissect, but we’ll try. Studies have shown that people who drink four cups of coffee daily are 30% less at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. And if you drink at least three cups of coffee daily, you’re 9% less likely to have skin cancer.
What about tea? The health benefits of tea, particularly green tea, are well documented. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants that can help repair a weak immune system. Green tea is also packed with catechins that have been shown to help reduce cancer. Tea has also been shown to help you lose weight by kick-starting your metabolism.
Are there cons to drinking tea or coffee? Drinking tea that’s too hot can increase your risk of esophageal cancer. Tea can also contain pesticides unless it’s been labeled as organic or responsibly grown like Your Tea. Tea also contains a large amount of Tanin, which can potentially cause anemia.
Coffee also has some negatives. Over 1,000 chemicals have been found in roasted coffee, and 19 of those chemicals are known carcinogens. Research has also shown that drinking coffee can decrease the blood flow to your heart. Worse yet, most people who drink coffee had milk and sugar, which can lead to a whole host of issues.
Coffee vs. Tea Breakdown
When it comes down to it, both coffee and tea come with benefits and issues. Always choose organic and watch what you drink. For tea, that’s why every cup of Your Tea is crafted to give you every benefit without the risk.