Tea Vs. Coffee: Which One Is Healthier?

Coffee and tea are two of the most common drinks in the world. Both contain caffeine, antioxidants, and can help you feel energized, making it difficult to decide between the two. 

The two have an almost equal number of consumers who hardly crossover to try out the other.

While the caffeine content can vary depending on brewing time, serving size, or preparation method, coffee can easily pack twice the caffeine as an equal serving of tea.

The amount of caffeine considered safe for human consumption is 400 mg per day. One 8-ounce cup (240 ml) of brewed coffee contains an average of 95 mg of caffeine, compared with 47 mg in the same serving of black tea.

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With that said, our question then should be which one is healthier and comes with the least side effects.

Though coffee has been associated with multiple side effects, such as heart failure, increased heart rate, and high blood pressure, research shows that moderate consumption is safe.

Through their antioxidant compositions differ, coffee and black tea are both excellent sources of these important compounds, which may protect against various conditions, including heart disease and some forms of cancers.

Coffee and black tea may aid weight loss and protect against certain chronic diseases via various metabolic processes.

Plus, the high caffeine content of coffee may give you a quick energy boost, whereas the combination of caffeine and L-theanine in black tea offers a more gradual increase in energy.

Both beverages are healthy and safe in moderation, so it may come down to personal preference or your sensitivity to caffeine.

“There is no clear winner between tea and coffee,” says ays Matthew Chow, MD, an assistant clinical professor of neurology at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. 

Coffee and tea offer similar health benefits, including weight loss, anticancer, and energy-boosting properties. Still, you may want to choose one over the other depending on your caffeine sensitivity.

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