Both tea and coffee have health benefits that need to be appreciated. However, one of the two drinks should be chosen over the other. Find out which one to drink for weight loss and more antioxidants.
New Delhi: Shakespeare once said, or rather wrote, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” but if you talk in today's context, the quote can easily be turned into “To drink tea or to drink coffee, that is the question.” Life is relatively easier for people who know if they are a coffee person or a tea person, but for people who like both, it is a constant dilemma.
If you are also one of those people who would just stand in the kitchen and try to choose whether to drink coffee or tea this evening, here is an insight and a comparison between both for you to make the better choice. Read on to know what you should be drinking today which not only refreshes you but also is healthy for your body.
According to research, tea contains more caffeine than coffee, but when brewed, the content of caffeine in tea is way less than in coffee. Caffeine is essential for an energy boost required for a long day at work or otherwise, but an excess can cause troubles in concentration and sleep, and even panic attacks. When you are trying to control your caffeine intake, tea is the way to go.
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Sad news for coffee lovers, but the round of antioxidants is won by tea, hands down. Tea contains antioxidants that are great to detox your body. While green tea is the most popular choice for an antioxidant tea, any tea contains many antioxidants that are beneficial for almost every part of the body. Coffee though contains antioxidants, the content in it is much lower than that in tea.
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Two to three cups of coffee every day are linked with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Contents of coffee are also believed to regulate and control blood sugar levels and improve the use of insulin in the body. Magnesium present in coffee also helps in the reduction of sugar levels. Though tea has other health benefits, coffee wins for diabetic people!
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While the debate about this can go on forever, it is important to understand which of the two drinks is more beneficial for weight loss. The answer depends on what you are trying to achieve. If you are a gym freak and absolutely love working out at the gym every day, a shot of espresso or black coffee may be the ideal drink for you as it boosts your metabolism and ensures you burn more calories while working out. However, if you are just trying to lose weight by dieting, then black tea is your drink. A study published in the European Journal of Nutrition has also liked the consumption of black tea to good health and weight loss. This one would be a tie.
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The last question is how much of what can you drink, and there is a definite answer for this one, and that is tea. Coffee contains almost double about of caffeine in it and may be harmful to your health if you drink it too much.
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While it is difficult to determine which of the two is healthier, it really depends on the kind of life you lead. If you work all day and need a stimulant and also go to the gym, coffee is the best thing you can have in order to be healthy. However, if you mostly stay home and just need a refreshing drink this evening, or just to warm yourself up on a winter evening, strain yourself a cup of tea.