Coffee vs Tea: Which is better for your Health?

Dec 07 , 2022

Levista India

Coffee vs Tea: Which is better for your Health?

Introduction

If you are new to drinking coffee or tea, there will be a high level of curiosity to know which has more health benefits. There is so much information that is surfacing on the internet and more confusion arises here. To help you with that, we have curated the benefits here in this article.

Health Benefits of Tea & Coffee

Health Benefits of Coffee
Health Benefits of Tea
  • Helps in boosting your energy levels
  • Less oxidation leading to less irritation
  • Said to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes in adults
  • Helps in increasing concentration and keep you alert
  • Higher caffeine content helps in being awake
  • Keeps you relaxed and helps you get better sleep
  • Improves heart health
  • Lowers the risk of heart diseases and diabetes
  • Said to promote weight management
  • Certain tea powders help better in weight management
  • Known for improving brain health
  • Helps in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Helps in fighting depression
  • Combined with natural ingredients can help in digestive inconvenience

 

1. Caffeine Content

caffeine-content

Caffeine is most commonly found in two of the most consumed beverages tea and coffee. While the percentage is higher in coffee compared to tea. The recommended caffeine content for an adult is 400mg daily, which equals 4-5 cups of coffee. 

Caffeine is said to improve your liver health and make your DNA stronger and the most important factor: keeps you awake and conscious. Anybody who feels sleep deprived or working at night will definitely require a strong cup of coffee to stay awake. 

2. Weight Loss Management

weight-loss-management

Weight loss seems to be one of the issues that many people face every day. Without spending much time and effort, there are ways by which you can burn some of your calories.

Caffeine in coffee and tea is said to be a fat burner. The caffeine content in coffee is believed to increase the calorie burn by 3-13%; as an effect, this will be maintained for another few hours leading to a calorie burn of 150 on average. The high caffeine content in coffee helps better compared to that in tea. Coffee helps by hindering the production of fat cells. 

According to famous research, tea has helped in reducing weight gain due to the presence of substances called polyphenols. 

The polyphenols in black tea, which are called the black tea polyphenols is Black tea polyphenols which are highly believed to be associated with weight loss management. 

3. Energy Levels

The energy levels required for the day are achieved by a cup of coffee rather than a cup of tea, which is one important reason why people choose coffee over tea. Coffee gives you an instant energy fix because of its energy-boosting properties. Some people prefer starting with a cup of coffee and consuming a cup between work hours, which gives instant relief to the stressed mind and body. Worldwide coffee consumption has increased multifold in the last few years because of this reason. 

4. Antioxidants

One of the primary reasons why coffee and tea are consumed is their antioxidant properties. 

What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances that inhibit the potential oxidation in any organism. Usually, vitamins C & E contain higher levels of antioxidants. Generally, tea and coffee are loaded with antioxidants like Polyphenols which are responsible for the flavour and health-promoting characteristics of both.

The most common polyphenols present in coffee are flavonoids, and chlorogenic acid and in tea are thearubigins, catechins and theaflavins, which are most commonly found in black tea, which is a worldwide favourite. 

Chlorogenic acid(CGA) is shown to have anti-cancer properties that can prevent the growth of cancer cells in the liver and gastrointestinal tract. These polyphenols have a greater impact on preventing heart diseases, according to research. 

These antioxidants are said to prevent you from any development of chronic diseases. This is one of the reasons why coffee and tea have been used in the earlier days for treating some diseases naturally by adding some natural ingredients. 

They are also Responsible for Blood Circulation Mechanisms Like 

  • Anti-atherogenic factor- They will protect you from forming new blood vessels that are needed to create new cancer cells. 
  • Anti-angiogenic factor- They protect from forming new blood vessels that can be required for cancer cells. 
  • Vasodilating factor- This helps in high blood pressure scenarios by relaxing the blood vessel. 

One of the important surveys stated that the risk of stroke had decreased by 23% for someone who drinks 5 cups of coffee when compared to non-drinkers.

Nutritional Properties of Tea 

There are several nutritional properties in coffee and tea, but they might not be the same, and they will greatly impact their health benefits.

Camellia sinensis, the tea plant, contains several mineral nutrients like B- Vitamins, lipids, magnesium, calcium, zinc and selenium. 

The most consumed coffee beans, Coffea arabica, consist of nutritional properties like 13% proteins and carbohydrates. 

Health Benefits of Different Types of Coffee

1. Espresso

espresso

Espresso is a powerhouse of polyphenols(a compound containing more than one phenolic hydroxyl group), which are antioxidants that fight a variety of illnesses, allergies, and free radicals like air pollution, UV radiation, and smoking risks. Because it contains few calories, you can eat it without feeling bad. 

2. Latte

latte

These days, Latte is available in a variety of flavours, including mushroom, carrot cake, beetroot, turmeric, and beetroot. Lattes are well known for lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and can be consumed in any taste. In moderation, a cup of Latte aids in fat burning and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. 

Your skin will glow if you drink turmeric, beetroot, or any other naturally flavoured coffee. These beverages also improve memory, ease muscle discomfort, and fight infections.

3. Mocha Frappe

mocha-frappe

Another well-liked variant is the mocha frappe, which is a treat for people with a sweet tooth.  Additionally, it aids in preventing depression, preserving liver health, overcoming insomnia, easing muscle discomfort, and preserving bone density.

4. Cappuccino

Cappuccino

A cup of cappuccino with a maximum caffeine content of 180 ml per day, according to studies, can greatly reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol and shield the body against heart issues. Additionally, taking it without sugar will help you maintain stable blood sugar levels and reduce your risk of stroke by 20%. Digestion is aided as well.

5. Green Bean Coffee

green-bean-coffee

Green bean coffee is frequently regarded as helping with weight loss. Additionally, rich in antioxidants, it lowers blood pressure, lowers bad cholesterol levels, and enhances blood circulation.

Tips to Make Better Coffee?

Everyone wants to have a perfect cup of coffee every time, and for that, little effort is required. Here are a few tips for you to make the best coffee. 

  • Use fresh and whole-bean coffee
  • Add a spoonful of cocoa powder to your coffee, and makes a hell lot of difference. 
  • Always saturate the powder

 

The Coffee that you Need

Levista is a renowned coffee brand that has been keeping up the standards for the last 60 years and maintaining its legacy to date. The coffee beans are cultivated in our own plantations in Coorg. The coffee beans are cultivated from Arabic and Robusta plants which are the most used beans around the world.  

Takeaway

If you have been thinking of which one to choose between coffee and tea for health benefits, there are many advantages to both of them. But coffee has various flavours and benefits.

FAQS

Is it okay to drink coffee every day?

Since many health benefits are associated with coffee, one can consume 2-4 cups of coffee every day.

What is the healthiest way to drink coffee?

Ideally, the best way to drink coffee is without milk and sugar as black coffee.

Can coffee powder remove dark spots?

Yes, coffee powder is said to help you fight dark spots and help you lighten those spots when used with lemon juice.

What are the 4 types of coffee?

The four types of coffee are Robusta, Arabica, Libertica and Excelsa, while Robusta and Arabica are the most common types of coffee that are used worldwide daily.

What is the best time to take coffee?

It is believed that the best time to consume coffee is between 9:30 am to 11:30 am.