Friday, June 29, 2012

Reasons why Green Tea is better than Coffee in the morning

Here's an interesting run down by Livestrong about some of the strengths of both Green Tea and Coffee. Each have benefits, but Green Tea definitely edges out. You'll see why in a sec: American adults consume an estimated 146 billion cups of coffee each year, almost three times more than tea, according to the CNN Health website. Tea has a reputation for conferring more health benefits than coffee, but in recent years more information has supported the health benefits of coffee, which may be good news for coffee-addicted Americans. Antioxidants Green tea contains higher levels of antioxidants than coffee, but since Americans drink more coffee than tea, they are consuming more antioxidants from coffee. In fact, coffee is the No. 1 source of antioxidants for Americans, according to professor Joe A. Vinson of the chemistry department at the University of Scranton, who has studied coffee in depth. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that result from the body's normal metabolism and the consumption of toxins that damage cells. Free radicals contribute to the aging process and numerous health problems, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Transportation Solutions Commuting to work is taking less work: Siemens Mobility Solutions. Caffeine Many people drink coffee and tea to benefit from the increased alertness that caffeine provides. While coffee provides three times more caffeine than green tea, according to the Mayo Clinic website, the type of stimulation is much more extreme and has side effects including a sharper crash when the caffeine wears off. Green tea has a milder stimulation effect, and the dissipation of the chemical is hardly noticeable. Disease Prevention Green tea consumption is associated with the lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Coffee consumption is associated with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and liver disease. However, it is premature to recommend coffee consumption for disease prevention based on this evidence, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Demographics Comparing health benefits of coffee and tea is not as simple as comparing the two beverages. The effect of the beverages on people is most accurately studied by analyzing human trials. However, according to Vinson, "the problem with a human study is everybody's different." Isolating coffee's effects from other habits or lifestyle choices linked with coffee drinking may be impossible. For example, in Scotland, coffee drinkers make more money and have better general health than tea drinkers. According to market researchers at Experian Simmons, in the U.S., 70 percent of households with an income of $150,000 or higher are coffee drinkers, while only 54 percent of households earning less than $25,000 annually drink coffee. Read more: Source: Livestrong

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