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Is Coffee Just as Healthy as Tea?

They both have a ton of health benefits, so which one is the ultimate best?
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Which drink do you get excited about in the morning? Maybe you're a coffee drinker who loves a bold roast to get your day started, or perhaps you prefer the light, comforting flavors of a cup of tea.

When it comes to choosing your morning beverage, maybe you've been curious about which option is better to drink. We know that tea has amazing side effects like helping you to lose weight and even helping you sleep better, but what about coffee?

Read on to learn if coffee is just as healthy as tea, and for more healthy eating tips make sure to check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Health benefits of tea

green tea

Can boost your metabolism

Green tea is actually one of the most powerful metabolism-boosting beverages you can drink!

Its benefits come from their antioxidants called catechins, which not only help with your metabolism but have been known to have anticancer properties as well.

Can help brain health

Tea, especially green tea, has also been known to contribute to overall better brain health. A review published in Phytomedicine states that green tea can improve your memory, help reduce anxiety symptoms, and increase your cognitive strength.

This review also says that it is most likely the combination of the caffeine in green tea and its l-theanine, which is an amino acid found in certain teas.

Can reduce risk of death from heart disease

In some cases, tea may even be able to help you live longer. A report published in the European Journal of Preventative Cardiology looked at over 100,000 Chinese adults and recorded cardiovascular disease, deaths related to cardiovascular health, and all-cause deaths after about 7 years.

What they found was that habitual tea drinkers had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease as well as a reduced risk of all-cause mortality, which refers to death from other causes as well.

Health benefits of coffee

Can help you live longer

Just like tea, coffee has also been proven to lower the risk of multiple-cause mortality. Circulation published a review on the ways coffee can benefit your health, and the findings were fascinating.

Not only does coffee lower your risk of mortality, but it is specifically associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease-related death, diabetes-related death, and even lowering your risk of Parkinson's Disease.

Can lower risk of Alzheimer's

What's really interesting is that it seems coffee and tea both have positive effects on your brain health. A 2013 review published in The Journal of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Neurosciences found that coffee consumption was actually associated with a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease.

Can help you burn fat

The Harvard School of Public Health performed a study on over 100 adults who were considered to be overweight. This study, which lasted 24 weeks, found that those who drank four cups of coffee on a daily basis found a body fat reduction of around 4%.

The verdict

So, what is the final verdict on coffee vs. tea? Well, as you can see, both beverages come packed full of health benefits, so it's a tough call to make.

And although their positive effects are similar, coffee has a couple of potential negative risks to pay attention to.

For one, too much caffeine has been associated with increased anxiety symptoms, and although certain teas still have some caffeine, coffee has way more.

Another thing to consider with drinking coffee is how easy it is to load on the sugar and fat calories with every cup. To some, drinking coffee means filling it up with cream and sugary syrups, which may counteract some of its health benefits. (See: The Unhealthiest Coffee Drinks in America.)

At the end of the day, it seems that coffee is actually as healthy as tea, as long as it's consumed black or with very little creamer and sugar added. So, pour your favorite cup of joe and enjoy the health benefits!

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Samantha Boesch
Samantha was born and raised in Orlando, Florida and now works as a writer in Brooklyn, NY. Read more about Samantha
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