Coffee vs. Tea: Which Brew Is Better For You?

According to the National Coffee Association, 62% of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis and the average coffee drinker consumes approximately 3 cups per day. Worldwide, coffee is the second most consumed beverage to water in many nations, and the leading source of caffeine in the average person’s diet. Although this beverage is considered a dietary staple across the globe, is it truly healthy or is it better to drink tea instead? This topic comes up frequently at Nourished® so we wanted to clear up the confusion once and for all!

Highlights:

  • Coffee contains heart-healthy antioxidants, cancer-fighting diterpenes and may even lower a person’s future risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Both coffee AND tea, contain health-boosting benefits.
  • If you are caffeine sensitive or experience anxiety, insomnia, acid reflux or adrenal fatigue, but rely on coffee for energy, we encourage you to consider our Adaptogenic Matcha Latte instead.
  • If you do not have any noticeable side effects from drinking coffee, there’s no problem with continuing to drink it in moderation.
  • At Nourished®, we sell USDA certified ground coffee that is low acid and antioxidant-rich. We also sell a line of seasonal Café Lattes including: Pumpkin Spice, Dirty Chai and Peppermint Mocha. All are available for purchase Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm in our Kitchen Market.

Coffee, when sourced correctly and consumed in moderation, can certainly be a part of a healthy diet. It is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, cancer-fighting diterpenes and may even lower a person’s future risk of developing neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Coffee is also found to be liver protective, blood sugar balancing, performance enhancing and metabolism boosting.

However, not all “healthy” food and drinks are medicinal across the board and coffee is no different. If you are sensitive to caffeine, prone to anxiety, have trouble sleeping at night, struggle with acid reflux or heartburn, and/or have adrenal fatigue, we encourage you to consider drinking tea instead. At an average of 100 mg of caffeine per cup, coffee may be too stimulating for you. It also tends to be acidic, thus a trigger for reflux and GERD symptoms. Furthermore, coffee is a mild diuretic which can be dehydrating and hard to process for those with kidney issues.

If you experience the jitters, reflux, insomnia and/or increased blood pressure when drinking coffee, yet look forward to the extra boost, we recommend switching to green or black tea. Although these varieties are less caffeinated, they are loaded with antioxidants and balanced with l-theanine, nutrients that provide a natural and sustainable energy boost while supporting the digestive, nervous and endocrine systems.

At Nourished®, we sell an Adaptogenic Matcha Latte that makes a great coffee alternative. Made with Nourished® homemade cashew milk, Japanese-grown matcha green tea powder and a light splash of 100% pure maple syrup, this beverage is anti-inflammatory, energizing, hormone balancing, anti-aging and even helps fight cancer. We also sell a variety of organic herbal tea blends in our Kitchen Market if you prefer to go completely caffeine-free.

If, on the other hand, you are not experiencing coffee-induced symptoms, feel free to include it as a part of your healthy diet. Just be sure to balance each cup of coffee with one to two additional cups of water to avoid dehydration. Also, given that coffee is heavily-sprayed with pesticides and prone to mold contamination (mycotoxins), we encourage you to buy organic beans, at the very least.

At Nourished®, we sell 12 oz. bags of low acid ground coffee that is USDA certified organic, mycotoxin-free, easy on the stomach AND packed with brain-boosting antioxidants. This health-boosting coffee is also featured in our seasonal Café Lattes, including the Pumpkin Spice, Dirty Chai and Peppermint Mocha Lattes. All coffee offerings are available in our Kitchen Market.

In conclusion, both coffee AND tea provide health boosting benefits. The decision to choose one over the other comes down to how you are feeling. If you experience anxiety, heart palpitations, acid reflux and/or insomnia when drinking coffee, it would be worthwhile to try switching to a less stimulating beverage such as an Adaptogenic Matcha Latte and see if your symptoms improve. If, on the other hand, you do not notice any negative side effects from coffee, there is certainly no problem with continuing to drink it. We do, however, recommend drinking coffee in moderation, balancing your intake with water and sourcing a high-quality brand such as the variety sold at Nourished. Stop in Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm to learn more and shop!

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