Why Coffee & Tea Are Amazing for You
There's nothing like a hot cup of coffee or tea to start the day. Some may go as far as to say the can't function without their daily dose of caffeine! While some studies celebrate these beverages, others claim they're bad for us. So should you toss your favorite drink or ignore the naysayers?
Let's find out
- Coffee vs. tea.
Coffee (80-185) mg. caffeine per cup. From the berries of an evergreen plant.
Tea (15-70) mg. per cup. From a variety of plant leaves.
- How much do we drink?
Coffee. 52% or 100 million American adults drink coffee daily. The average coffee drinker has 3.1 cups per day, or 70 gallons a year - enough to fill a bathtub. 30% of coffee drinkers enjoy specialty drinks like lattes and cappuccinos.
Tea. 274 million pounds were imported in 2010. That's the same as a large cruise ship! The average American drinks 155 cups of tea annually. That's 10 gallons a year. 78% of tea consumed globally is Black, which is preferred by North Americans, 20% is Green, and 2% is Oolong.
Health benefits of tea
There are so many different types of tea that you've probably heard some are good for you and some aren't.
Studies on rat fat cells show that brewed tea of any kind increases insulin activity by 15x.
- Green tea. This tea is full of antioxidants that may: helps prevent many types of cancer, including: breast, lung and stomach. Prevent arterial clogging and help ward off heart disease. Reduce the chances of a stroke. Reduce neurological damage due to oxidation, which in turn prevents Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Burn fat. Improve cholesterol levels.
- Black tea. 90% of tea consumed in the U.S. is black. Due to the fermentation process, black tea is lowest in monomeric catechins, which have been linked cancer prevention. This tea may protect you from having a stroke or developing heart disease by helping blood vessels dilate correctly. It has also been linked to preventing lung damage from smoking.
- White tea. This tea is unfermented. It is made from young buds and leaves. It offers the most powerful antioxidants of all the teas.
- Oolong tea. There are many different kinds of oolong tea, which is fermented and may: prevent weight gain and promote weight loss, help to prevent tooth decay.
Health benefits of coffee
Chances are, you've heard ides like coffee will stunt your growth or give you heart disease ir stomach cancer, but fortunately, none of these are true.
In fact, it can actually be good for you.
- Coffee has been linked to improved memory recall. It may also prevent: Alzheimer's, heart disease, cout, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's (in men only).
- The caffeine in coffee can help ease asthma attacks.
- Coffee drinkers are 50% less likely to get liver cancer than those who avoid the beverage, though the exact reason has not been pinpointed.
- It may also lower the risk of breast, rectal, and colon cancers.
- Caffeine can increase energy expenditure (calorie burning).
- One study showed that those drinking caffeinated liquids burned 67 calories more than those who drank water, the equivalent of a medium-sized apple.
Too much caffeine?
- While a little caffeine can be good for you and help keep you awake, too much isn't a good idea.
- It may cause: restlessness, insomnia, anxiety.
- Experts recommend limiting your daily caffeine intake to: 400 mg. for men & 300 mg. for women, roughly 4 cups of coffee (for men) & 3 cups of coffee (for women) or 6 cups of tea (for men) & 4 cups of tea (for women).
- Caffeine provides many health benefits, too. It helps increase endurance during workouts. Many blunt pain and tiredness, letting you work out longer. It may enhance muscular contractions during exercise.
As with any healthy advice, people should drink coffee and tea in moderation, as too much of a good thing can be... well, dangerous. While researchers have dispelled many common myths surrounding these beverages, it's still a good idea to drink tea and coffee in small doses.
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