Depending on the part of the world, but there are people who love to drink coffee and the other love to drink tea. However, Both Tea and coffee are essential drugs of sorts for most, which staves away headache, fatigue and makes one fell motivated to start the day. While tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, only next to water, it can be argued that coffee, as well is hugely popular. No matter what the consumption pattern, both the drinks have been around for a long time and are one of the most important stimulus for people during the start their day.
How was Tea discovered?
Tea was first discovered by a Chinese emperor when he was trying to boil water under a tree and accidently the leaves of the tree fell into the boiling water. The emperor decided to taste this boiling water, and to his surprise, the water tasted really good. This drink, thus made its way to the priests and scholars who would use the drink to stay awake, study and meditate, thus gaining popularity.
How was Coffee discovered?
Coffee was discovered in the Ethiopian highlands, when a goat-herd noticed that his goats became hyperactive after eating the berries of a certain tree. Curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to try it and that’s how coffee became popular. Coffee then started being consumed by monks in monasteries, to keep themselves awake while praying, making it further popular and being spread across to other continents of the world.
Benefits of Tea
Both coffee and tea are highly beneficial and a lot of studies have been done, to identify their benefits. Tea is an antioxidant, which has cancer-fighting abilities due to its polyphenol compounds. Tea helps in developing stronger teeth and bones and keeping osteoporosis at bay due to the presence of high levels of fluorides. Tea also has great soothing and rejuvenating qualities, thus, considered a therapeutic and a medicinal drink. Tea is also known for its hydrating property as it can replace any fluid in the body might have lost due to sweating. Recent studies have also pinpointed to the fact that tea, especially green tea improves the metabolism in people helping them in their efforts to lose weight.
Benefits of Coffee
Coffee, like tea, has its own set of benefits. Coffee has the ability to reduce Alzheimer’s and dementia. Coffee also helps one fight type 2 diabetes. Coffee, due to its high caffeine content helps reduce the restlessness of people with asthma by relaxing their lung’s airways. Caffeine also helps in reducing migraines, due to its ability of constricting the blood vessels of the brain. Research also suggests that regular intake of coffee helps lower the risk of colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer.
Cons of Tea and Coffee
Anything in excess can be bad and same holds true for tea and coffee. Excess tea or coffee can lead to increased anxiety, nausea, insomnia, restlessness, and increased heart palpitations, amongst others. Higher amounts of coffee may lead to bad cholesterol, whereas high amounts of tea, may lead to osteofluorosis due to the high fluoride presence. Also, during the consumption of tea or coffee, people tend to intake higher amounts of sugar, which is bad for health.
Science really cannot say as to which drink is more superior to the other. Whichever one likes, one is always set to be benefited from the high amounts of antioxidants the drinks have on offer, provided they are consumed in moderation.
I love days when my only problem is Coffee or Tea