I grew up drinking matcha and greentea, and always loved it. That’s when I turned to coffee, just as an addict ups his dose, and moves on to a stronger and more addictive drug. Although I have started to revert back to tea because of it’s health benefits, my love for coffee remains true and on those mornings I cannot muster up the energy, I sit and gulp up my large and passionate cup of Joe: he never let’s me down. But honestly – I love both matcha tea and coffee. The caffeine, smell, and taste of both drinks is what gets me up in the morning! Which is why I have such a difficult time deciding which one to drink more of. In this article, I’ll go over some of the common concerns of drinking Coffee and Matcha, and which one may be better for your health.
The Battle of Coffee vs. Tea: Which is worse for your teeth?
I used to have white teeth. I had one of those smiles that sparkled. In fact, I hold to title of “Class of 2003: Best Smile.” That’s right kids. Then came my children, and my love for caffeine. Wham, my cabinets are packed full of teeth whitening solutions that cost a fortune and hardly work. So, which is worse for your teeth? Tea or coffee? I have found that both coffee and tea have been proven to stain your teeth; however, tea may contain elements that also help improve your dental health. For instance, tea is rich in tannins, which attack cavities. In fact, the American Dental Association says that black tea does not only reduce the number of cavities, but it also can prevent periodontal disease. While tea can be reasoned because of the benefits, coffee is less easily justified. However, if you cannot steer clear of your java, drink lighter coffees and be sure to add plenty of milk. I never thought I would be a yellow-toothed coffee junky, but aren’t we all?
Tip: Giving up coffee or tea because your teeth are yellowing, may not be worth it for some. If you need your morning jolt, you may want to consider drinking through a straw and brushing immediately after your morning cup.
The Battle of Coffee vs. tea: Which is worse for your health?
Sorry coffee lovers, once again, coffee had many more cons than pros. The good news is that coffee is proven to have many antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and melanoidins which help prevent oxidation ( a process that damages cells and results and quicker aging). It may also help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, gallstones, kidney stones, and Alzheimer’s disease. Not to mention, it is phenomenal at improving your mental performance….for at least 20 minutes or so (you know, before the crash). The list of cons include, increasing LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, it affects the heart rhythm, has unfavorable affects on blood pressure, triggers heart burn, affects sleep, increasing risk of dehydration and irritable bowel syndrome, and can result in the long term affect of osteoporosis. Blah, blah, blah. It seems just about everything you put into your body is accompanied by an endless list of what could possibly go wrong. Coffee may result in sudden death. Kidding. I think? The worst part of coffee is that it leaves you addicted and dependent. You wake each morning with ringed-eyes, messy hair and the shakes of addict, get your fix, appear normal for a short period of time, and then retreat back to an unhealthy desperation.
Tea, on the other hand, is not as victorious as it seems. In fact, it may increase your risk of kidney stones, and is known to absorb your bodies’ iron. It may also result in addiction and dependence.The health benefits of tea include: building a stronger immune system, the promotion of weight loss, younger looking skin, lower cholesterol. and blood pressure, along with helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Ah- that’s a relief. But is it enough?
The Battle of Coffee vs. Tea: Which is better for your well being?
In the battle of tea versus coffee, the winner depends on what you are looking for. If you need a stimulant at any cost, a cup of Joe has your back. A cup of coffee has double the amount of caffeine
than a cup of black tea. Your java will slap you in the face, brush off your shoulders and make you smile. Tea will calm you down and give you a relaxed edge. Both will stain your teeth and leave you addicted. But, love hurts. I love coffee and tea, unconditionally.
In my honest opinion, the above facts may sway you to drink more of one rather than the other. I personally started to drink more Matcha in place of coffee as the health benefits are great and I love the taste of matcha. Moreover, matcha gives you energy for a longer period of time. BUT I will always continue drinking coffee!. More or less, choose your poison, and enjoy it.
Here is awesome info graphic that I found regarding the differences between coffee, matcha, and tea: