The Ultimate Dilemma: Tea vs. Coffee

tea vs coffee

There are exclusive coffee drinkers and exclusive tea drinkers as well. Maybe you love one over the other, or both. So, which is better? This article has helpful info on the differences, benefits, and drawbacks of the two most consumed beverages globally.

Tea vs. Coffee


The Science

Tea is grown just like coffee. Tea undergoes minimal chemical processing. It contains polyphenols, just like coffee. The macronutrients in tea offer antioxidant benefits which prevent cell damage from free radicals in the body. These antioxidants will give protection against tobacco, sun damage, and alcohol. Tea is processed very fast after picking it from the farm. Green tea is powerful because it can help you fight cancer, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Coffee has 4 main components i.e., diterpenes, caffeine, melanoidins, and chlorogenic acid. Coffee is usually roasted and brewed for drinking. Coffee enhances receptors in your brain that prevent absorption of “sleepy cells” alias adenosine. That is why you stay more awake after taking a cup of coffee. Depending on how coffee kicks in for you, one might feel heightened blood pressure and hypersensitivity.


Chemical Processing

Tea leaves are dried and grouped depending on the leaf size. Dried tea leaves can stay for long, even without being put in airtight containers used for storing coffee beans. There is very minimal chemical processing.

Coffee beans are filled with chemicals that help them grow. Coffee beans change their composition entirely once roasted. The roasting process leads to the creation of chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant. The beans are ground to a uniform size. There is minimal chemical processing.

400;”>Decaf coffee<span style=”font-weight: 400;”> is harmful to you. Decaffeination occurs during the direct and indirect solvent processes that use brines and benzene to withdraw caffeine from the beans. The beans are soaked for 12 to 36 hours; hence can be harmful. To eliminate chemicals from your cup, the Swiss water process is recommended to decaffeinate.

Health Effects

Tea can lower your blood pressure. It is a healthier way of consuming caffeine, contrary to coffee which is viewed as having more drawbacks than benefits. Black tea prevents you from cardiovascular disease attack and regulates your blood sugar. Caffeine in tea opens up your airways to enhance your breathing capacity, though temporarily. Tea has more caffeine compared to coffee. You, therefore, need to use more coffee to match the caffeine level in tea. Green tea, black tea, and hibiscus help lower your blood pressure by 2 or 3 points, making it recommendable when dealing with other health-related issues.

Tea is highly recommended for evenings and afternoons when you are winding down because coffee might kick out your sleep. Black tea helps you fight cardiovascular disease, heart attack, and protect your skin against harmful UV rays. Tea enhances better and fast digestion like coffee and is less likely to dehydrate you.


If tea has caffeine, why does it help us wind down? 

Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors in the brain. However, it has other 2 stimulants that work differently. Black and green tea has theobromine and theophylline, which are stimulants that relax your muscles but don’t have supercharged effects. These stimulants lower your blood pressure, the same things that happen when you fall asleep. Tea has l-theanine and amino acids that enhance alertness and relaxation. 

Coffee raises your blood pressure. That can be positive or negative depending on your body. Consuming a healthy amount of coffee (about 400mg a day) potentially can help you break down fats, hence preventing excessive weight gain. Coffee regulates blood sugar and help type II diabetes patients burn fat. Coffee contains caffeine. Coffee is metabolized quickly and can enhance your metabolic rate of digesting foods and fats that have been transferred to your digestive tract. Coffee can help athletic persons reverse heart cell and tissue damage. However, obese people are at a higher risk of getting a heart attack. However, coffee is likely to dehydrate you.

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You might experience a slight or no diarrhea after consuming coffee. Asthmatic persons can enjoy coffee because it contains caffeine. Take a cup of coffee before your cardio workout to enhance your breathing throughout the process.

If coffee increases your blood pressure, the how does it help in rheumatoid arthritis?

Coffee contains antioxidants which fight free radicals in your body hence prevent swelling and inflammation in your body. Rheumatoid arthritis affects around 1 million Americans. The disease degenerates tissues and damages joints. The protein movement of coffee could help prevent further damage.

Will You Pick A Side?

Now that you know the science, chemical composition, and health effects of the two beverages, which one do you choose? You don’t have to anyway. You can use both and enjoy benefits of both drinks.