Is it better to drink tea or coffee?
So which is better: coffee or tea? Tea is generally safe, even in large amounts. While coffee is also safe to drink, high amounts can cause some problems.
Tea has more antioxidants
Both tea and coffee are high in polyphenols, but tea has more. Polyphenols have antioxidant properties that help your body get rid of free radicals, which cause damage and can lead to disease.
Coffee is high in antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid, but your body breaks these down into other compounds that have lower antioxidant activity. These antioxidants might not do as much for your body as tea compounds do.
Tea has less caffeine
While you may turn to caffeine for a kickstart to your day or to help you concentrate at work, too much caffeine can have side effects like:
Most adults can safely have up to 400 milligrams of caffeine everyday, but pregnant women should have less than 200 milligrams a day. Studies link higher caffeine to low birth weight and pregnancy loss, though the research is mixed.
Both tea and coffee have caffeine, but tea has half the amount of coffee. An 8-ounce mug of brewed black tea has 47 milligrams of caffeine, while 8 ounces of brewed coffee has 96 milligrams.
Green tea has even less caffeine, at 28 milligrams per 8 ounces. Drinking tea can give you a milder boost in energy and alertness, but with less of a caffeine kick than coffee.
Overall, both coffee and tea are safe to drink and have potential health benefits. Tea may have more benefits than coffee, but you’ll need to watch your caffeine intake with either one. Your drink of choice might depend on your personal preference and your culture.