Caffeine is a drug many can’t seem to live without. One cup of coffee a day is all that’s needed for a fresh start to many, but I must urge all of my coffee drinkers to switch to tea. It is very healthy due to the antioxidants present.
In terms of antioxidants, white tea has the most, followed by green tea, blacktea and coffee.
Green and white teas are made from different parts of the tea leaves, but both are minimally processed, unlike black tea, which is fermented.
Science can’t really say one is superior to the other, so fill your mug with whichever brew you like. To benefit from both sets of antioxidants, try this: drink one or two cups of coffee in the morning, then enjoy tea throughout the day.
What about caffeine?
The caffeine content of coffee and tea vary depending on the size of your cup, what kind is used, and how it is made. An 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee has about 85 milligrams of caffeine compared to 40 milligrams in a cup of hot tea.
Caffeine helps with the stimulation of the brain and nervous system to cause that pick-me-upper feeling.
But keep in mind that caffeine is a drug and should be limited to avoid overload symptoms. If caffeine keeps you up at night, switch to decaf in the afternoon.
Research has linked caffeine consumption to be the cause for an increase risk of miscarriage. So if you’re pregnant, stick to decaf beverages and talk to your doctor about caffeine.
Tea may not be caffeine but trust me when I say it really rejuvenates you.
Small steps to that better you… Small changes make big differences when you actually try.