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Coffee and Tea: What’s the difference?

Contrary to what some people think, both coffee and tea have a number of health benefits. But how do they relate to each other? Let’s take a look at some hard facts and find out which drink is the most beneficial for your health.

Coffee has several health benefits:

Boosts Adrenaline: Drinking coffee an hour before exercising can boost your performance by 12%. If you are into physical labor or sports, coffee can give you a boost of energy that will help you achieve better results.

Reduces health risks: Coffee affects the body by reducing health risks in several ways. An example is a study that compared men and women who regularly drink coffee with those who do not. The risk of developing endometrial cancer was reduced by 25% in women who regularly drink coffee. In addition, coffee reduces the risk of stroke,

Parkinson’s disease and type II diabetes. This benefit only applies to those who regularly drink coffee.

Helps focus: An obvious benefit of coffee is that it helps people stay alert and focused.

Many people drink coffee in the morning to wake up and be ready for work.
Improves mood: Coffee can also help you feel happier. This is because coffee stimulates your central nervous system. You will likely feel less depressed and more cheerful.


As you can see, coffee has many benefits, but let’s look at tea:
  • Reduces health risks: Many studies have been conducted to verify the beneficial effects of tea. These studies have shown a possible link between tea and good health.
  • Let’s highlight some of them. First of all, tea can reduce the chance of a stroke or heart attack. This effect only applies to those who drink green tea daily. In addition, new evidence suggests a possible link between green tea and reduced bone loss. Finally, tea helps fight cancer and support the immune system. As you can see, tea can positively impact your health in many ways.
  • Calorie-free: Finding something delicious without adding calories can be tricky. However, tea does not contain calories (if you do not add sugar, etc.). An added benefit of being calorie-free is that the tea comes in a variety of flavors. There are sure to be a few that will suit your taste. You get the taste without the calories.
  • Helps your smile: Tea helps you maintain a bright smile without staining your teeth.
  • One study from Japan says that tea actually helps prevent cavities. When you drink tea, it changes the ph in your mouth to something that is good for your teeth.
  • Contains Antioxidants: This part means our body will stay young and perform well, as tea gives you antioxidants that keep your body from rusting.

One big difference in the two drinks is the amount of caffeine. Tea always contains fewer milligrams of caffeine than coffee, averaging around 15-70 mg per cup. Coffee, on the other hand, contains 80-185 mg per cup depending on the variety.

Tea is also good for the heart as it lowers serum cholesterol and fatty acids.

As already mentioned, the antioxidants found in tea also have a beneficial effect on heart health. However, coffee contains the fatty chemical cafestol. This chemical increases the level of cholesterol in the body of the drinker.

Even if you ordered a decaffeinated drink, cafestol is still present in it. In this regard, tea is more beneficial.

On the other hand, coffee is more beneficial for people with asthma. Theophylline is often used to treat asthma, and the caffeine found in coffee mimics the effects of theophylline. Thanks to the same property, coffee reduces headaches.

In terms of popularity, coffee seems to be the more popular drink these days. However, this trend may change in the next few years.

The difference in the percentage of lovers of each drink is small.

What is the difference? Price.

Tea made at home can cost as little as a few hryvnias per cup. On the other hand, home-brewed coffee can cost a few tens of hryvnia per cup. The same difference in price is observed when buying a cup in a cafe, coffee is always more expensive.

Tea and coffee benefit the body in different ways. Choosing the drink that’s best for your body depends on your health concerns and how you personally respond to varying levels of caffeine.

Ultimately, both drinks are appetizing and can provide benefits if consumed regularly.