If you’re reading this, chances are you’re the type who appreciates a spot of tea. But if you like it more your morning cup of joe, you’re in the minority: A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that only one in five American adults drinks tea, despite its wide range of flavors, preparations, and disease-fighting flavanoids.
Does that mean you should replace your morning pour-over with a pot of oolong?
Good news: Coffee and tea both contain health-boosting antioxidants, which may protect cells from DNA damage. Coffee contains quinines and chlorogenic acid,as well as trigonelline, an antibacterial compound that’s partially responsible for coffee’s famous aroma. Tea contains a group of antioxidants called flavanoids, which reduce inflammation and fight disease. Tea drinkers take in up to 20 times more flavanoid antioxidants than non tea-drinkers – a pretty big deal.
Other Health Benefits
Research suggests that coffee may lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease and type II diabetes as well as liver and colon cancers. But tea gets the edge here: In addition to fighting Parkinson’s, it also lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, and death rates due to heart disease, in addition to a bevy of other benefits.
What’s the Deal with Caffeine?
Coffee and oolong tea both contain it, though coffee tends to pack a higher caffeinated punch. Caffeine gets a bad rap, but it can help people with asthma (it relaxes the lung’s airways) and even reduce migraines and alleviate hangovers. Just be careful: Caffeine is a drug that can become harmful in larger doses, and can cause restlessness and insomnia.
Can I Add Sugar?
Well—sure. But keep in mind that coffee and tea are both naturally healthy beverages that can be made into calorie bombs with the addition of too much heavy cream or sugar. Lucky for you, many oolong teas taste delicious without any added sweeteners; newbies may want to try one of our scented oolongs, which
So Which Should I ♥ More?
While the evidence stacks up toward tea, we think there’s room in every beverage lover’s life for both. Can’t live without your morning java? Complement it with a cup of tea for an afternoon pick-me-up, or brew a pot in the evening as you wind down. You’ll get the benefits of health-boosting antioxidants, and you’ll discover a range of distinct new flavors and aromas. Bottoms up!
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