Coffee vs. Tea – Which Is Healthier for You?

If you are like most people, coffee’s tantalizing aroma can draw you out of bed and into the kitchen
before your eyes even open. That morning cup can help motivate you and a cup later in the day can help
you through that afternoon slump. Those in the tea camp have their own list of virtues to tout – such as
tea’s own slightly smaller and somewhat smoother boost of caffeine, the comfort a steaming cup of tea
can provide on a cold winter day or stormy afternoon and the fact that it goes really well with a good
book and shortbread cookies (or any cookies).
Two of the world’s most popular beverages are coffee and black tea. Both are rich in antioxidants which
can protect against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels to reduce blood pressure, blocking the
formation of blood vessels that may nourish cancer cells and preventing the formation of plaque in
blood vessels thereby lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Both also include caffeine, which can be a very good thing in moderation. For instance, caffeine may
elevate energy and mood. It may reduce certain chronic diseases. It can improve physical performance
and endurance, as well as enhance reaction time, memory and mental acuity. It may even reduce the
risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
It has been proven that caffeine intake is safe in moderation. However, too much caffeine can result in
negative side effects, such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure and impaired sleep. A cup of
coffee has about twice the amount of caffeine as tea, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, you may want to
opt for tea (and those cookies).

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