Coffee Versus Tea, that has long been a question in my house. For years I drank only coffee, I really did not care for tea except for iced tea that was loaded with sugar and a little mint. Then about 8 or 9 years ago, for whatever reason, I switched and started drinking a large (16 0z.) cup of Green tea to start my morning. I usually add the juice of a fresh lime and sometimes an ounce of aloe. Later in the day, I will grab a cup of coffee.
Now once again I am starting to enjoy coffee more. There are so many choices and so many different recipes that it can be almost a hobby. I am going to share some of the recipes with you, one or two here and a bunch more if you are on our email list. Hope you – Which Should You Drink?
Most people have a beverage preference of tea or coffee. Sometimes, people will drink both, but they always favor one over the other. Each of these beverages offers some health benefits, but one of them is healthier for you to drink.
Tea has a lot of antioxidants, which means that it can help your body fight off any inflammations or infections. Coffee also has antioxidants, but unlike tea, it contains more nutritional benefits.
It contains more nutrients and minerals that help your body fight off diseases and boost your immune system. Tea is good for the heart. It can help your arteries by preventing the accumulation of buildup that leads to heart attacks.
Coffee does the exact same thing. If you drink green tea – especially if you have a heavy green tea habit – the beverage can cause you to become dehydrated. Coffee doesn’t have the same side effect even though the caffeine in both beverages is considered by some to be a diuretic.
The truth is that neither beverage is a diuretic. If you find yourself having to urinate more after having coffee or tea, it’s only because of the increase of fluids in your body.
You’d have the same reaction after drinking water. Both coffee and tea can help you keep memory loss at bay. Both can give you energy, but coffee gives you more than tea does.
People who drink coffee not only have large doses of antioxidants, but they also gain protection from certain diseases like cancer or type 2 diabetes. Both coffee and tea can improve the glucose levels in people who are diabetic.
At first glance, it appears that coffee and tea run neck and neck for all the good health benefits that either one can offer you. But there is one vital difference between coffee and tea consumption.
Tea contains something called tannins. This is a polyphenol, a kind of natural chemical. Depending on the type of tea that you drink, you can end up with a lot of tannins in your beverage.
What is known as a healthy tea, green tea, has one of the highest amounts of tannin. This chemical acts to block the body from absorbing the iron in the foods that you eat. Now perhaps you feel that this is not a problem, however, if like me, you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals that changes things. Both White and Red wine contain tannins at various degrees. The Reds have much more than the whites. Now if you are sipping tea throughout the day and then enjoying a glass or two of wine in the evening, you might just be getting too much tannins. Why is it a concern?
It can cut your absorption rate by as much as 50% if you have a glass of tea along with your meals. That’s why people who drink tea often end up with low iron and some go as far as to end up with anemia.
Coffee doesn’t have this same impact. So when it comes coffee versus tea,choosing a beverage that tastes great and is healthy for you, it appears that coffee is the better choice from health standards. Maybe not by much and I am sure that tea drinkers will disagree with me, but that is the conclusion I have come to based on the research I have been able to do.
To get things started, here is a recipe for a Fancy Italian Coffee.
Fancy Italian Coffee
3 cups strong black coffee
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. light brown sugar
Add coffee and milk to a large sauce pan, and bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Moisten just the top edges of four coffee mugs with water, and then dip into a shallow dish of brown sugar. Pour coffee mixture into mugs. Place whipped cream on top with a dash of ground cinnamon to garnish, if desired.
That’s all there is to a great cup of coffee. If you are on our email list, watch for another recipe later today, If you are not on the list and would like to join us, it is easy to do. Just add your name and address to the form that is found at the upper right side of this article and you will get the recipes as well as a once a week short recap of information on our blog. We hope to see you there.