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Tea Or Coffee: Here Is The Final Verdict On Which One Is Healthier

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Are you a tea person or coffee person? What we have below might help you decide which one you should stan..

Caffeine

Caffeine is known for its beneficial and adverse effects on human health. It is found in many popular beverages including tea and coffee. But the caffeine content also depends on the preparation method, brewing time and serving quantity. 400 mg of caffeine per day is considered good for human health. If we compare the caffeine content of both the beverages then tea contains less amount of caffeine as compared to coffee. One small cup of black tea contains 14-70 mg of caffeine, while coffee contains 95-200 mg of caffeine.

Antioxidants

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Both tea and coffee are loaded with antioxidants, which protect our body against free radical damage and develop certain chronic diseases. Both drinks primarily contain polyphenols, which give them their unique flavour and contain health-promoting properties. Black tea is loaded with theaflavins, thearubigins, and catechins, while coffee is rich in flavonoids and chlorogenic acid (CGA).

Energy level

Tea contains less amount of caffeine and is rich in L-theanine, which is an antioxidant that also stimulates our brain. Studies suggest that consuming L-theanine along with caffeine may help maintain your alertness, focus, attention, and sharpness.

Weight loss

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As per some studies, caffeine intake may help you burn more calories by 3-13 per cent. Apart from this, coffee has been linked with fat-burning properties by inhibiting the production of fat cells. Some studies have associated this effect to its chlorogenic acid content. So, in case you want to accelerate your weight loss process then coffee should be your pick.

Dental health

Both the beverages can stain your pearly white teeth. But as per experts, the pigments from tea affect your teeth more than coffee.

What expert says

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According to Dr Priyanka Rohtagi, Chief Clinical Nutritionist, Apollo Hospitals, tea is better than coffee as it contains less amount of caffeine. But the method of preparation also matters. “If you brew your beverages a lot, the antioxidants get affected, which is not good for health. Apart from this, the amount of sugar you are adding in your beverage also plays an important role.” She said that adding too much sugar in your drink is not a very healthy thing. Moreover, when you add milk in your tea and coffee, you are binding the calcium content of the milk.

The verdict

Both tea and coffee have their own benefits and drawbacks. However, in any case, tea is a healthier choice than coffee. But this does not mean that you can sip 5-6 cups of tea in a day. If you want to stay healthy, do not consume more than two cups of tea in a day. Moreover, it should not be more than 150 ml.

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