The Caffeine Kick: Tea vs. Coffee

Caffeine is one of the biggest reasons why we choose to drink either coffee or tea. Coffee has a higher caffeine kick than black tea – about 2-3 times more. But is one really healthier than the other? Let’s find out.

 

The alarm clock goes off; you wake up, groggy, blurry and go into the kitchen for your morning cuppa. What do you choose – Coffee or Tea? Everyone has a favourite, at least when it comes to their morning fix. My family has always chosen tea for their morning fix, so I did too. But my brother always drinks coffee – a habit he picked up when he was studying in the US. Even though he loves his cup of tea –it just doesn’t seem to do the trick.

 

Caffeine is one of the biggest reasons why we choose to drink either coffee or tea. Coffee has a higher caffeine kick than black tea – about 2-3 times more. But is one really healthier than the other? Let’s find out.

 

 

 

Let’s first look at coffee, studies have shown that drinking coffee might reduce the rate of Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Type-2 Diabetes. The high caffeine levels in coffee relax the lungs airways, helping asthma patients. It contracts blood vessels in the brain and helps reduce migraines (as well as hangovers!). Havard School of Public Health says that coffee can neither be harmful for your body, nor can it prolong your life – so go ahead and drink it, but all in moderation.

 

 

Tea (without sugar of course) is very low in calories and it also helps in weight loss – think green tea. It helps boost your immune system and improves the digestive system. But what most tea lovers will tell you is that tea is therapeutic. The entire process of brewing tea and drinking it can rejuvenate and soothe your body and senses.

 

 

The drawbacks are similar for both tea and coffee because of its caffeine content. Too much tea or coffee can be harmful to your body. It can increase anxiety levels, heart palpations, sleeplessness, restlessness and nausea are some common problems faced by people.

 

But there are a few more cons with coffee than with tea. Coffee is more acidic – which can irritate sensitive stomachs causing acid reflux, heartburns and other such symptoms. Caffeine in coffee gives you energy by blocking adenosine, a neurotransmitter responsible for signalling to your brain that it’s time to rest. When the body craves for coffee, it is more restless and anxious as compared to a craving for tea.

 

To conclude, keep drinking tea, coffee or both. Consume it in moderation and as per what suits your body and lifestyle, so that it is safe and gives your body great health benefits.

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