Coffee and tea are the two most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The only “drink” ahead of these two would be drinking water. They’re practically woven in our personal and social lives. There’s often a comparison between what would be the healthier choice between coffee and tea.
Viewpoints can vary, but there are some real benefits of switching from coffee to green tea. Let’s take a look.
Here’s an important, but often ignored benefit of giving up coffee – you get better dental health. Coffee is likely to stain teeth and rob you of that million-dollar smile. Additionally, the acids in coffee don’t play well with tooth enamel and increase the risk of tooth decay.
Green tea too carries a risk of staining teeth, but it is much less likely to cause problems when compared to coffee.
Caffeine is the most popular legal psychoactive substance in common use. Most of its praise comes from the substance being a central nervous system stimulant. It is the one responsible for the “kick” you get from coffee. Beneficial as it may seem, dependence on a psychoactive substance carries serious health risks. More so, if you down several cups of coffee in a day.
A cup of coffee can contain 30 to 300 mg of caffeine. On average, you can expect a cup to contain 90 to 100mg caffeine. A general recommendation is to avoid ingesting more than 400mg of caffeine in a day. Watch your caffeine intake and try to lower intake levels. Continued high intake can lead to health problems like jitters and palpitations.
Going the green tea route can be helpful here. Tea contains caffeine too, but generally, a cup of green tea will have half the caffeine content of coffee. The exception here is Matcha green tea, which can have higher caffeine content.
Switching to green tea can save you a lot of time. If you enjoy coffee and own a coffee maker, you will have to regularly set aside time for cleaning a coffee maker. It’s a necessary part of maintenance. And though the overall process is quite simple, it can be a huge time sink.
Things get harder if your regular water supply is hard water. The frequency of cleaning goes up and you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time cleaning the coffee maker. You could probably buy a water filter or softener to ease things.
The expenses of owning and maintaining a coffee maker shouldn’t be ignored. Buying a cheap drip coffee maker isn’t much of an issue. However, specialty coffee makers can easily run to hundreds of dollars.
Green tea doesn’t need much by way of specific equipment – except a strainer. And that’s ridiculously easy to maintain and is very easy on the pocket.
Giving up coffee for green tea comes with a direct correlation to better sleep. If you have trouble with things like insomnia, poor sleep, or anxiety, consider saying goodbye to caffeine. At the very least, you can lower your caffeine intake by switching to green tea.
As the caffeine intake goes down, you’ll find that things get much easier. You’ll sleep better and have reduced problems related to insomnia or anxiety. I should mention that for these, or any other health issues, it’s always better to consult a doctor. While these points stand true in a general sense, a doctor will have better and more fitting advice.
When you go lower on caffeine, your body can hydrate better. These benefits show up for the whole body. You don’t get dizzy, the skin looks better, and the whole body functions better. Of course, it’s better to give up caffeine, but switching to green tea will at least reduce the caffeine intake.
There is a debate on which beverage requires more resources. While the numbers can vary, it is generally believed that green tea requires less processing than coffee and thus is better for the environment.
But that’s not the sole reason I put this point here. The bigger problem is single-serve coffee machines that use plastic pods. Statistics suggest that more than 42% of US households own a single-serve coffee maker in 2019. Most of the people with these systems use coffee capsules or similar methods.
The company or manufacturer you prefer is irrelevant. Point is, most of these capsules (or cups and pods, whatever you prefer to call them) end up in the landfill. That’s a lot of waste – and something entirely avoidable.
Green tea is rich in antioxidants. Well, coffee has some too, but green tea leads substantially. Antioxidants have a slew of health benefits, including reducing inflammation and lowering the risk of several diseases.
The beverage is also useful in reducing persistent low-grade inflammation, which can lead to other health issues.
This one is more specific to the coffee brewing method you use. If you prefer coffee from French Press or espresso, your coffee may contain compounds like cafestol and kahweol. These substances can increase the “bad” cholesterol.
It’s worth noting that these beverages fall in the category of unfiltered coffee. In a general sense, this means coffee that doesn’t pass through a paper filter or similar material is unfiltered. Shifting to green tea removes those problem substances from your beverage and there is less to worry about.
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