Thursday, 5 January 2017

A Cup of Coffee Vs Cup of Tea, Which is better for your health?

  This is indeed an interesting topic considering that although one of them of is the most consumed in the world, the other is also widely consumed worldwide. Experts say its hard to say which is better. That's because its difficult to separate out their different ingredients, their role in your diet, and their effects on different body systems.

Coffee is known to be a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are seeds of berries from the coffea plant. Coffee is slightly acidic and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. According to medical research, Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world. Brewed coffee from typical grounds prepared with tap water contains 40 mg caffeine per 100 gram and no essential nutrients in significant content.
Researchers have been contradictory as to whether coffee has any specific health benefits, and results are similarly conflicting regarding the potentially harmful effects of coffee consumption.
Researchers found that higher coffee consumption was associated with lower risk of death, and that those who drank any coffee lived longer than those who did not.
   A 2014 meta-analysis discovered that coffee consumption(4 cups/day) was inversely associated with all-cause mortality(16% lower risk), as well as cardiovascular disease mortality specifically (21% lower risk from drinking 3cups/day), but not with cancer mortality.  I would like you to take note of the fact that coffee caffeine may aggravate pre-existing conditions like migraines, arrhythmias and cause sleep disturbances.

    Tea can be described as an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over curled leaves of the camellia sinensis(a species of evergreen shrub or small tree who's leaf buds are used to produce tea). It is regarded as the most widely consumed drink after water in the world. A study discovered that the caffeine content of 1 g of black tea ranged from 20 to 28 mg, while the caffeine content of 1 g of green tea ranged from 11 to 20 mg, reflecting a huge difference.
It has been suggested that green and black tea may protect against cancer or other diseases such as obesity, but the compounds found in green tea have not been finally shown to have any effect on human diseases. One human study showed that regular consumption of black tea over four weeks had no beneficial effect in lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Even though there are other categories of tea like yellow and post-fermented tea, the most common are black, white, oolong and green tea. Researchers have discovered that green tea is rich in compounds like antioxidants, which can limit cell damage and boost the immune system.


     According to a critical care medicine specialist at the National Institutes of Health in United states, Eliot Miller, he and his colleagues looked at signs of heart disease in more than 6,800 people from different backgrounds across US. About 75% drank coffee, while about 40% were reported drinking tea. He said coffee didn't have an effect either way on heart disease but that was significant in itself.
Researchers say its difficult to pinpoint exactly how both drinks affect health. They also referred to coffee as a potential way to head off not just parkinson's but type 2 diabetes, heart issues and liver diseases.
Other researchers are asking questions about what role genetic and lifestyle play into the effect of drinking coffee or tea.
 According to Martha Gulati, MD Head of Cardiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix, United states, some people's body process coffee differently than others. Meanwhile, a choice for tea over coffee might reflect other healthier behaviors.
Take note of the fact that no beverage or food will make or break your diet, the quality of your diet is always the sum of all parts.

Okay there you have it. I hope this post was useful to you. You can leave your comments below and make your thoughts known.

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