Tea & coffee have been hot favorite drinks all over the world & so does the question: which one is better? Here is a quick comparison between these two drinks-
|Contains comparatively less caffeine (20-60 mg/cup)||Rich in caffeine (100-185 mg/cup)|
|Less bitter, widely enjoyed without additives||Very strong & bitter in taste, seldom taken without additives (sugar, milk)|
|Weak stimulant||Energy Booster & Strong Stimulant; may lead to sleep problems|
|Rich in antioxidants (especially green tea)||Less antioxidants|
|Contains anti-cancer nutrients such as polyphenols & catechine||No such ingredients are found|
|Green tea has no impact on teeth. Black tea may stain teeth but comparatively to a lesser extent than coffee||Leads to stained teeth & bad breath after a prolonged consumption|
|No effect on asthma||Useful in alleviating symptoms of asthma|
|Quercetin in tea has shown to improve LDL (bad cholesterol) & blood pressure||Coffee contains fat like chemical- cafetol which increases cholesterol levels|
|Black tea does not have significant effect on calcium & iron absorption; green tea may facilitate absorption||Hinders calcium & iron absorption|
|Oxalates in tea may increase risk of kidney stonesNo other serious complications are observed||Excessive intake leads to constipation, loss of appetite, indigestion & acidity.|
|No diuretic effect is observed, it relieves stress & anxiety||It may impart diuretic effect & anxiety|
|Excess intake is not advisable during pregnancy; but it does not have significant adverse effects on fetus.||Excess amount of coffee in pregnancy has shown to affect the fetus adversely|
From above table it is quite clear that both tea & coffee contain combination of nutrients & anti-nutrients! Tea (especially green tea) is much better than coffee, provided it is prepared in a right way.
Never boil tea… boil water & pour it onto the tea / dip a tea bag in hot water. Boiling tea too long destroys all antioxidant in it.
Green tea can be taken with or after meals but coffee should never be consumed immediately after meals.
Moderation is the key everywhere! Whichever may be the drink; limit its intake to less than 2 cups a day.