Green Tea vs Coffee: Which is healthier?


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Green tea and coffee are two of my favorite things.  Recently however I have been starting to drink more green tea after learning how much healthier it can be for you.  Both drinks contain caffeine but green tea contains a slightly less amount of it. Both drinks also contain  antioxidants.  Antioxidants are the most healthy thing about both of these drinks, and a big reason why many drink them in the first place.  The purpose of antioxidants is to protect the healthy tissues in our bodies.  They act as our bodies very own police force, neutralizing all of the bad cells that roam throughout us; just as police would get rid of the bad guys in our society.  

Green tea is also very high in polyphenols. Polyphenols are very high in antioxidant levels.  Studies that have been completed on polyphenols have shown that they have anti-cancer and heart protecting effects.  In other studies that have been conducted on lab mice and human cells, tea has been shown to decrease risk for ovarian cancer, breast cancer and heart disease.  This in my opinion is a good reason for women to drink green tea over coffee, mainly due to the increased health benefits.  

In regards to coffee, researchers have studied that coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the average American diet.  Black tea is the second highest source of antioxidants in our diet, even though green tea is shown to be a lot healthier and even more jam packed with antioxidants.  Coffee has been shown to lower the risk of various types of cancers, Parkinson's disease, type II diabetes as well as gout.  Coffee does have a relatively higher caffeine level than green tea, which makes the drink risker for those who suffer heart problems, or just don't need the extra caffeine in their life.  

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I think coffee and green tea are both great.  According to my readings many articles suggest that when going to a drink like one of these, you should always aim to get the best quality product out there.  America tends to be more of a coffee culture, and many people take their coffee very seriously.  I happen to have a coffee/espresso machine and I love it.  It is part of my ritual every morning, and I would probably not be able to start my day without it.  Companies like Starbuck's aim to satisfy our caffeine cravings, and they also have some green tea alternatives.  I wonder if in the future a chain like Starbuck's will open up but instead of having a big emphasis on coffee and little emphasis on tea, it will be completely devoted to tea.  Does anyone think this is a possibility? 

After reviewing all the information I found I believe tea is most likely the healthier drink choice.  After all, it is the second most popular drink in the world.  Water is the first.


SOURCES USED:

http://www.cbn.com/health/nutrition/reinke_coffeetea.aspx

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1535838,00.html 


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Great blog post. I am a big coffee drinker myself and I have always heard that it is beneficial to one's health. I have always been wondering what it's effects were. I found an article on WebMD about the benefits of coffee. I wonder, though, if we will one day find a downside to drinking coffee.

The article:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/coffee-new-health-food

Tea is especially famous in China. According to your blog ,you conclude that tea is most likely the healthier drink choice, compared with coffee. While I'd like to add, that there are also differences between different kinds of teas,such as white tea, black tea and green tea. In your blog, you mostly focus on the green tea. White tea contains less caffeine than green tea and black tea contains more. However, black tea might actually contain as much as a small cup of coffee. As you mentioned, "Black tea is the second highest source of antioxidants in our diet, even though green tea is shown to be a lot healthier and even more jam packed with antioxidants." I hold the different opinion that studies have shown that white tea has a concentration of antioxidants that is three times higher than in green tea. Essentially, white tea contains the same concentrations of antioxidants as the young and fresh tea leaf buds that are still attached to the bush. This makes white tea the tea with the highest antioxidant content, which for many is the main reason for drinking white tea. For comparison, one cup of white tea contains approximately twelve times as much antioxidants as fresh orange juice. In my personal view, I thought the white tea maybe the best choice among kinds of tea.

In response to the comment about America potentially adopting more of a tea culture and overriding coffee, I don't see this happening anytime soon. Because coffee contains more caffiene, our bodies become used to that burst of energy. Caffiene is also addictive, and it would be difficult to get people to drink more tea over coffee if they aren't getting enough of a drug that they're addicted to. However, because there are also benefits to caffiene, there is not a strong drive for people to make the switch. I predict Starbucks to enjoy many more happy years of success.

I love this post because I am now in the dilemma of whether I should drink green tea or coffee. I have been drinking coffee for a year and a half now and I love the taste. I don't think it has any benefits of helping me stay awake anymore, but I enjoy drinking it. I always put some milk and a little bit of splenda in it and to me it tastes phenomenal. But just last week I was in my friends dorm room and she went to make herself a cup of green tea. Now, I never have liked tea before because I felt like it was plain and had no taste. Whenever I was sick I would refuse to drink tea. But that day I asked my friend to make me a cup just to see for sure if I still didn't like it. I drank one sip and decided it wasn't that bad. I got really excited that I enjoyed green tea and have been drinking several cups a day ever since. My mom drinks green tea and says it has several benefits, such as the ones you stated above and I am so glad that I have begun drinking it. This article I found on the Harvard website (http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea) says that "Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder." Coffee on the other hand doesn't have as many of those benefits. I agree that drinking green tea is a better option. And it also helps you drink a lot more water, which is always a plus!

My mom is always harping on me to drink more green tea and get in my anti-oxidants. I definitely think green tea, particularly decaf green tea is the healthiest choice. Caffeine is the most used and abused drug in America, and by never really drinking all that much of it, we can guarantee we don't become addicted and have to go through the painful withdrawals of trying to cut back. Green tea also has some great other attributes, including helping to decrease the effects of diabetes, prevent some cancers, and potentially even increasing our moods. Coffee on the other hand, doesn't seem to have any of these benefits.
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

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