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Your Morning Cup: Tea Or Coffee?

Youth Voices

July 05, 2023

Throughout the past few years, tea and coffee have become more popular amongst fans for their many benefits. Thus, several debates are going on between the consumers' choice: tea or coffee?

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As a big fan of both, it is hard for me to pick one in the morning. If you're thinking the same answer as me, In that case, this article is for you. I would like to show each type's health advantages and disadvantages and also explain whether people should drink tea over coffee.

I. Tea

1. Reduce Cancer Risk

Tea is considered the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. The four primary types of tea include white, green, Oolong, and black. All four teas are derived from the same plant called Camellia sinensis. For that reason, they have a common function: reducing cancer risk. Tea may reduce the risk of getting cancer in the long run. For instance, the polyphenols found in black tea are said to kill cancer cells and reduce the growth of breast tumors.

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2. Boost Energy

Black, white, green, and Oolong all contain more or less caffeine per cup. Caffeine is a stimulant that improves alertness when people fall asleep or feel exhausted. Most teas have a moderate amount of caffeine compared to coffee.

In some research, the average adult is recommended no more than 400mg per day, so tea is one of the best go-tos for people to give them a quick boost of energy, with approximately 47mg of caffeine per cup. Unlike coffee, when you really come down from a caffeinated high, tea can help you survive a workday with positive feelings.

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3. Easy to Make

Tea is considerably super easy to do with simple steps. All you really need is boiled water and a tea bag that can be easily found in all supermarkets and shops. Meanwhile, for coffee, all you need is a machine to complete the whole task. Indeed, there are a variety of kinds of tea on the market for customers to choose which type they truly want to drink or they feel the most suitable for them.

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Besides the merits of tea, if tea is not drunk properly, it will impact directly on humans’ health.

1. Poor Sleep

Tea contains tannin - a chemical component that has the effect of euphoria and creates a feeling of relaxation; hence, drinking tea makes you feel sleepy. In contrast, the composition of tea also contains another component, caffeine, which is effective in maintaining concentration and staying awake. That's why some face insomnia or other sleep disorders.

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2. Drinking tea on an empty stomach is unhealthy

When you wake up in the morning, your body is low on energy because they need food to recharge them. If you have a cup of tea as the first thing after getting a good night's sleep, it will leave serious consequences for their stomach. Digestive juices are released to digest the tea that, forms a low pH liquid. This can create stomach ulcers and is the perfect place for bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori to settle in.

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II. Coffee

1. Boost Energy

Coffee can help people feel less exhausted and increase positive energy because it contains caffeine, the most commonly stimulated element in the world. Caffeine is absorbed directly into the bloodstream before traveling to the brain. Here, this component blocks the release of a neurotransmitter inhibitor called adenosine. When adenosine is blocked, levels of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine increase, causing nerve cells to increase their ability to conduct nerve impulses throughout the body.

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2. Prevents Diseases

According to many hypotheses, coffee is tied to lower rates of many other diseases. In fact, coffee consumption can protect you against certain cancers, including breast cancer, colorectal cancer, Parkinson's disease, and so on. Drinking coffee means that you consume a high antioxidant content of coffee. That causes the reduction of inflammation in the brain which is linked directly to cognitive function, causing chronic diseases associated with the brain.

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3. Fight Depression and Improve Mood

In a 2011 Harvard study published, those who drank four cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of depression than others. Coffee not only helps you stay awake but also stay happy without any stress, which improves a person's quality of life. The stimulative properties found in coffee can relieve symptoms of depression, so people now tend to drink more coffee as a positive way to prevent pressure and positively improve their mood.

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Too much caffeine also has negative effects on organ systems in the body. That’s the reason why there are so many recommendations from doctors and experts about the use of caffeine.

1. Insomnia

Caffeine is responsible for blocking adenosine in the nervous system; hence, it keeps the brain and body awake. The stimulant effect of caffeine can prolong that lead to sleep disorders. When facing poor sleep, there is an inclination to be tired and want to find a type of beverage to push them up.

That results in greater caffeine intake, creating a cycle of insufficient sleep and coffee consumption. This cycle will gradually repeat like a bad habit developing the risk of insomnia.

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2. Increases Health Risks

If you drink too much coffee a day, it causes many problems for their health, not only for your sleep. Caffeine consumption makes the body lose calcium carried out excessively by the urine. Moreover, coffeeholics are dealing with potential issues like osteoporosis, where the bones are said to be less dense and become weaker. Drinking coffee too much causes too high blood pressure, diabetes, or stomachache.

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Indeed, tea or coffee is one of the most famous morning drinks; however, some people claim that they tend to prefer tea to coffee or vice versa. Perhaps, there is no right answer because it totally depends on the people who consume it. It is undeniable that having a cup of coffee or tea gives workers a spike of energy.

Some coffeeholics or tea drinkers can not go out without their morning cup - a magical pill to refresh themselves to get ready for the whole day. They, by contrast, also can't drink these kinds with an empty stomach, which causes acidity or some digestive system problems. Therefore, instead of drinking regular coffee or tea immediately after getting up, you should have a light breakfast to fill their stomachs.

Everything has strengths and limitations, so you must consider your daily diet and balance nutrients in every meal to have a healthy body. In conclusion, the choice of coffee or tea will be based not only on taste but also on their health and diet.

So do you prefer tea or coffee? Comment below!

Trinh Phuong Ngan

Writer since Jun, 2023 · 1 published articles

Ngan is a high school student from Vietnam. She always wants to share positive things she has read and experienced to everyone. Moreover, she loves watching movies in her leisure time and travelling around the world to explore new destinations whenever she can. Hope you enjoy reading her upcoming articles.