It may not be an age old debate but those who love their coffee will defend it to the last grind however Tea lovers are the exact same, spouting off the fact that tea is the number one drink worldwide right after water.
But what really is the bet for you to drink?
As for coffee the legend says a goatherd named Kaldi noticed his goats became hyperactive after eating certain berries from a tree. Coffee then spread to monks at monasteries, where they drank the beverage to keep them alert while praying.
Harvard School of Public Health analyzed coffee’s overall effect on health and concluded that the beverage was pretty neutral. It does not mean coffee is bad for you however it states that coffee does not offer any significant positive effects as well. Do drink your coffee and enjoy, know that you aren’t harming yourself in any particular way. Coffee also has a higher caffeine content than tea.
The legend of tea was first discovered by the Emperor of China in 2737 BC while he was boiling water under a tree. When leaves accidentally fell into the boiling water, he tasted it and was surprised by its goodness.
According to the National Cancer Institute at the NIH, tea contains polyphenol compounds, which are antioxidants that might aid in cancer prevention. Though not enough has been studied to conclude whether tea does in fact reduce the risk of cancer, tea has often been considered a therapeutic or medicinal drink that has both soothing and rejuvenating qualities. All types of tea are made from the leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis, which wilt and oxidize after harvesting; oxidation results in the breaking down of chemicals. The amount of oxidation that occurs in the leaves is what defines different types of teas, from black tea to white tea, and of course green tea. Polyphenols in green tea, and theaflavins and thearubigins in black tea, contain free radicals that might protect cells from DNA damage.
As with anything drinking tea or coffee should be done in moderation. Caffeine is the one thing that you need to consider when drinking either beverage.
Also know that Coffee and Tea are both Calorie free drinks and to go easy on how much cream, sugar, and flavorings you dump into your cup. Just 1 tablespoon of cream and 2 teaspoons of sugar can add up to 80 calories and 6 grams of fat. Squirt in flavored syrup, pile on whipped cream, and your once-healthful drink becomes a rich dessert. So true.
I don’t think we will ever all love tea or coffee however it’s not such a bad thing that we love both, as you can see both have their positive sides and those far out weigh the bad.
Personally I love the smell of both however I am an avid tea drinker, in fact you won’t find me too many places without my tea. If you do, snap a picture and I’ll send you a free Tea Guide.