Tea Vs Coffee: Part One
This battle of the brews is centuries old and countless arguments have been waged over the superiority of one beverage over the other. Recently with the proliferation of coffee chains, coffee seems to have become more and more popular, taking over as the hot drink of choice for many people. Even we British have to acknowledge that our national drink is facing stiff competition from the espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes of the world. However, tea has been an institution for centuries for a reason.
We believe a cup of tea can solve anything so through bringing you a series of articles, we plan to explore just a few reasons why tea is the winning beverage for us, focusing first on your health as we enter into spring.
What can tea really do for your health?
Tea or coffee? It seems like every day there's news about the amazing health benefits of one or the other, but which one reigns supreme? Consider these health benefits of tea and the next time you have to choose, you may skip the coffee beans.
In short, tea is bursting with antioxidants to help you to look fresh and feel great, far more than you are likely to find in a cup of coffee! As well as being extremely simple to prepare and enjoy, tea is fantastic for hydrating the body and replenishing your fluid intake meaning it can also be very beneficial to your skin. One of the most significant differences between tea and coffee emerges when we settle down for a good night’s sleep. According to David Robson from the BBC, tea drinkers have been proven to have longer and more restful slumbers, something very important to our health.
If you are looking for something to help you stop those cravings to snack, tea is the best choice compared to coffee. Chris Haigh, Lifehack, explains how studies have shown that the ‘‘high’’ gained from caffeine found in coffee will last shorter and drop quicker than that found in tea.
With Lent in full flow, are you planning some weight loss? While coffee is better at stimulating muscle through activity and has been shown to slightly reduce appetite, tea still holds the edge if losing weight is your goal. Studies have shown that drinking green tea every day could end up leading to an inch off the waistline within two weeks – we would all love to put this one to the test! Green tea in packed full of antioxidants and has compounds that are said to shrink fat cells and activate muscles. The highest quality green tea would be the powdered version of Matcha which is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’. One cup of Matcha is said to have as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea.
Need an energy boost for that spring exercise regime? When comparing tea and coffee for providing energy, it is important to remember that coffee does generally have a higher caffeine content than tea. A study described by Believe Tea showed that men who drank 2.5 cups of coffee before sprinting ended up running 9 percent longer. So coffee is perfect for that short burst of energy but there is a high tendency to experience a crash from it while tea’s such as ginger provide a steadier boost over the long term.
The performance benefits of tea have been identified in a number of studies, as highlighted by Laura Newcomer in Time Magazine, with particularly consistent evidence for improved attention levels. Yerba Mate is a tea that contains natural stimulants such as caffeine, theophylline and theobromine, giving you a boost. Recent studies have shown beneficial effects in related areas such as work performance and creativity. So it looks like tea could be the key to a productive day at work too!
Detox with Herbal Tea
Full of antioxidants, tea has many benefits and powers making it one of the most popular and non-intrusive methods of detoxing. Incorporating a cup of tea into your daily routine can bring significant health benefits. If you want to feel cleansed with a natural energy boost this spring we have the perfect teas for you to try and a variety of alternatives to coffee including fruit infusions.
Our old favourite herbal infusion - Natural Detox - Full of carefully selected organic ingredients including Fennel, Lemongrass and Hibiscus, our refreshing herbal infusion is a "good for you" treat. Sugar free, Caffeine free, leaving you feeling free from!
Fasting Tea - A careful selection of herbs, spices and flowers have been chosen to give a rich taste in this sustaining, all-day, blend. The famous yerba mate from South American, caffeine-rich and high in antioxidants, is partnered with lemongrass to form the basis of this super beverage. Rose hip, camomile and rose petals provide floral tones and a touch of spiciness is added with ginger, cardamom, peppercorns and basil.
Superfruits - The rich array of carefully selected fruits and berries in this popular caffeine-free infusion is designed to pack a scrumptious health giving boost at any time of day.
We love our sleep, those special antioxidants and beating winter blues so we believe tea wins the battle of the brews every time. It would seem tea offers many of the benefits of coffee, without the sleepless nights – a clear win. Here at The Tea House we would always choose tea to help us feel a little more ourselves.
Keep a look out for the next instalment of Tea Vs Coffee where we will explore how caffeine can affect your moods and the surprising relationship between tea and your beauty regime.
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