Green Tea Vs Coffee – The Better Choice

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They say life is full of choices. To make one you have to let go of the other. Well, maybe not always, but in some cases. When it comes to food choices, it surely is the toughest to make a call between your two possible favorites. Here, we are referring to the war between green tea vs coffee. Both are public favorite. One helps you lose weight and the other one helps you stay awake. Green tea is your gym trainer’s recommendation whereas coffee is your colleague’s escape to overtime. Nevertheless, both have antioxidative properties, are nutritious, a mood booster, and yet different in a variety of ways.

Green tea vs coffee is a much-debated topic amongst the upcoming youth who cannot decide between the two. Recent figures show that approximately 600,000 tons of green tea are consumed every year globally. People in China consume nearly 50% of the total green tea consumption in the world. Inversely, America is in love with coffee. Nearly 62% of Americans consume caffeine in the form of coffee every day – an all-time high.

Green Tea Vs Coffee

When it comes to numbers, more Americans are switching to coffee. But for fuelling your workouts or abetting the daily grind, coffee and green tea have a long-overdue battle to claim the victory cup. Let’s find out who is the winner here.

Cups of tea and coffee with a single silver spoon on a wooden tray

Tea can induce relaxation after a long day while coffee boosts energy and brainpower. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Weight Loss

Coffee: The average endurance kick coffee drinkers enjoy is 24% during running time trials and cycling, according to the University of Georgia. The caffeine intake boosts one’s energy levels and makes them feel productive throughout, no matter how low the body clock was previously.

Green Tea: The fat burned by one cup of green tea comes at 5.7g, according to a finding of Obesity Reviews. A daily cup of green tea is beneficial for stubborn weight loss – which works along with an effective diet and workout regime.

Nutrition

Coffee: Coffee is linked to reducing the risk of liver cancer as per a study in the Current Nutritional Reports. Collected evidence with consistency in study designs and populations suggest that coffee intake probably reduces the risk of liver cancer. It also helps with Alzheimer’s as per a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that states caffeine stimulates cognition and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  Your daily cup of coffee curbs the absorption of iron and calcium. Limit a java cup to mornings – or at least an hour before eating so you can go a little heavy on that lunch.

Green Tea: Green tea is rich in polyphenolic compounds and antioxidants which includes catechins. It also contains epigallocatechin gallate, a powerful chemical that is linked to everything; from a lower risk of cancer to the prevention of diabetes. Whilst the effect of green tea is not strong enough to completely neutralize a bread binge, the rich content of polyphenols may help manage blood sugar levels. Furthermore, USDA studies show it increases insulin activity in fat cells 15-fold.

Who Wins the Green Tea Vs Coffee Battle?

Both green tea and coffee contain caffeine, also not to forget high amounts of antioxidants and minerals. The health benefits from both beverages are due to their antioxidant effects. It is important to know that the polyphenols in tea and coffee are foreign substances to the body, which cause an increase in the body’s defence mechanisms.

If you are a tea fanatic, then you should continue drinking it. If you prefer coffee, even better. If you want to experience the best of both worlds then it might be best to drink a little bit of both. The average cup – 8 ounces of coffee has about 95 to 165 milligrams of caffeine, that’s the same as more than three cups of green tea. Always remember to be careful of overconsumption, realizing that too much of anything is never a good idea.

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A journalism postgraduate from Macquarie University, Sydney, Sakina Kheriwala is a content writer at Organic Facts and an avid blogger who is passionate about health and wellness. Her blog “One in A Millennial” portrays her incomparable passion for writing, particularly on mental health. She believes that reading and writing is free and useful therapy. In her spare time, she is to be found reading books, socializing, and listening to soulful music. Sakina has completed an online e-certificate course on “Positive Psychiatry and Mental Health” from The University of Sydney, Australia.

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