Tea and coffee are the two most popular beverages consumed all over the world today. As for a major chunk of population tea and coffee have become an inseparable part of their daily life. But which one is healthier, is it tea or coffee? Let’s start the battle on tea vs. coffee.
In this article, I’ll put forward what is modern science take about tea vs coffee and what Ayurveda has to say about tea and coffee. I will also share with you my perspective on it. So if you drink tea, coffee, or both then this might just be the article for you, stay tuned.
In this Blog, You are Going to Know,
- 1 Modern Science on Tea vs. Coffee
- 2 Ayurveda on Tea and Coffee
- 3 What’s my take on tea vs. coffee
- 4 Alternative of Tea and Coffee
- 5 Conclusion
Modern Science on Tea vs. Coffee
Today, tea and coffee have become such an inseparable part of people’s diets. They fail to start their day without the dose of it. But should you be drinking them daily? Which is the better choice? Let us find out.
According to modern science both tea and coffee are non-alcoholic flavored beverages, which are safe for drinking, yes, actually there have been quite a few scientific studies backing that both tea and coffee have health benefits.
All the varieties of tea packed with antioxidants which eliminate the free radicals in the body boosting the immunity and, reducing the risk of type-2-diabetes and heart attack. Tea also has a compound called EGCG which helps shrink the fat cells.
The latest reports of modern scientists on coffee suggest that it too can help in reducing the risk of various types of cancers, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
Having said all this modern science does one on the excessive consumption of tea and coffee. This is obviously because both these beverages have chemical compounds like caffeine and tannin. Coffee is higher in caffeine and tea has more of tannin.
While tannin, prevents the absorption of iron in the body, making it vulnerable to anemia. It also leads to discoloration of the teeth. Caffeine on the other hand is a stimulant that robs the calcium of the bones, instantly increases the heart rate and blood pressure.
Basically caffeine is a mild drug that gives you instant energy and then suddenly crashes. It is addictive – once you get habituated to it you can’t do without it.
This is the reason you might have heard people complaining that “don’t talk to me until I have my morning cup of coffee, I can’t work without coffee on my desk”.
Green Tea vs. Black Tea
Here, it is important to talk about green tea vs. black tea. Although, green tea is marketed as a drink for weight loss by the companies, even according to modern science the only difference between them is that black tea is fermented while green tea isn’t.
As a result, the natural amount of antioxidants and EGCG is higher in green tea.
Regular coffee vs. Green coffee
Here, let’s compare regular coffee with green coffee. This is another attempt by the companies to replicate the success of green tea. Again, green coffee beans or the coffee beans that not yet been roasted.
As a result, green coffee beans contain a higher amount of chlorogenic acid which is known to have some health benefits. So comparatively green coffee beans have more positives but the downsides are also the same if consumed too much.
What to do according to modern science?
So, how much is too much? You may ask, well, modern science is quite liberal with the amount of tea and coffee that you can consume every day. It says that you won’t be facing any major side effects until you are not having more than four cups of tea or coffee daily.
But before you go and grab your cup of coffee, there is a catch. There is a piece of bad news for you if you’re having the habit of drinking tea or coffee first thing in the morning.
In accordance with the modern medical science, tea and coffee work best for you if they are consumed 30 minutes after a meal, breakfast, or lunch. Tea and coffee are best avoided after 5:00 p.m. as they may disturb your sleep cycle.
So modern medical science is clear that both tea and coffee are good for you as long as you do not overdo with them. Keep a check at your sugar serving and drink them at the right time. Coffee is definitely higher in caffeine and hence more addictive.
Now, let us see what ayurveda has to say about these two popular beverages.
Ayurveda on Tea and Coffee
First of all, Ayurveda has a simple fanda(rule) for any food, if a particular food item doesn’t grow within the hundred-kilometer radius from your location-that food item should not be a part of your daily diet, and for tea and coffee, this holds true for a major chunk of the Indian population.
Now, talking generally about tea and coffee, Ayurveda terms them extremely drying and something that increases heat in the body. This is the reason, in India chai(Tea) has always been served with milk in it.
According to Ayurveda, tea and coffee are highly acidic and disturbed gut health. Ayurveda also cautions that tea and coffee should only be consumed when the ‘Kapha’ element of the body increases.
Putting that simply if you are down with fever having, runny nose, oily skin, suffering from cold and cough or sinus, it’s only in these conditions tea and coffee can be consumed in little quantity as medicine
Ayurveda strictly prohibits stimulating addictive substances like a fiend for daily usage. So, Ayurveda form as, How tea and coffee are medicinal? And, it should not be consumed daily.
What’s my take on tea vs. coffee
Let’s be honest, tea and coffee have become such an integral part of our diet today than omitting them completely is kind of sacrilegious.
Although if you are at a point where you can’t work normally without tea and coffee, isn’t it alarming? Isn’t it an addiction? Can’t we choose health over a taste?
Of course, I understand that it’s not easy to stop consuming them at once. Having said that, I strongly believe that, one can easily begin replacing them with some really good options which serve the same purpose but do not adversely affect the mind and body in any way.
Alternative of Tea and Coffee
Sometimes I drink an herbal concoction made out of boiling basil leaves, ginger, black pepper, and cloves. Once ready, I sweeten it with honey or jaggery powder. It is so refreshing and even looks like black tea.
Then hot chocolate is another go-to option, simply boil the milk and mix half a teaspoon of natural cocoa powder in it. High in magnesium, it gives you the much-needed boost of energy. I can any day replace tea-coffee with hot chocolate without compromising on taste and effect.
Then there are times when we just feel like drinking something hot, trust me in those cases even hot water works so well and is also easily available in our offices.
So my stand is clear that if you want to attain the optimum level of physical health and mental well-being then stay away from stimulating drinks like tea and coffee altogether, switch to healthier alternatives instead.
But if tea and coffee are more than a drink to you then there is no reason why you should not switch to decaffeinated coffee with 97 percent less caffeine content DECAFF coffee will taste almost the same but won’t have such a stimulating effect. Although it does cause some problems you are still in a better State.
“Just the taste or taste with health-the choice is yours.”
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