About 54% of Americans over age 18 drink coffee every day, making coffee one of the most popular morning beverage options. But why not switch it up every once in a while by drinking both coffee and tea? Both have a number of health benefits when consumed in moderation and can help you stay productive at work. If you're struggling to decide between coffee and tea, we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about the health benefits of coffee compared to tea.
According to the FDA, the caffeine in coffee is absorbed and circulated within 30 minutes to an hour; its effect can last up to six hours. Coffee enhances the energy levels of your brain, improving concentration and memory retention, leading to better cognitive performance. Furthermore, one cup of coffee represents a contribution of 1.8 grams of fiber (out of the recommended intake of 20 to 38 grams). But what's most exciting, perhaps, is the research which suggests that moderate consumption of coffee can reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer by 26%. Other research suggests that coffee can also lower the risk of liver cancer, type II Diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and gout.
Tea also has many proven health benefits, some of which align with those of coffee.
"Laboratory studies using tea and extracts on rats, mice, and human cells show promising results. They suggest that tea may reduce cholesterol levels, help prevent blood clotting, lower the risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and even fight inflammation, cancer, and seasonal allergies," writes Beth Bence Reinke on CBN.
While this beverage has multiple health benefits as well, it's important to make sure that what you're drinking is real and traditional. Herbal teas, while enjoyable, don't offer the same health benefits as tea made with real tea leaves because they only use flowers, herbs, root, and other non-tea leaf material. In order to get the maximum health benefits, you'll have to buy tea with flavonoids, i.e., the unique antioxidants that are most often in real tea.
Now that you're aware of these health benefits, you can choose the right morning cup to start your day. For more information about specialty coffee, contact American Coffee Services.