Coffee and Tea, Are They Healthy?
You may have noticed how much coffee has been in the news lately. Research has disproved the previous claims about coffee being unhealthy, and several recent studies, including a massive review of the scientific literature on coffee published in the British Medical Journal, have actually found that coffee has numerous health benefits. Research also shows that drinking tea has been a health-promoting habit since ancient times. The truth is, after water, coffee and tea are the two most commonly consumed beverages. If consumed mindfully, they can both be very beneficial to your health!
Health Benefits of Coffee
According to Harvard Health, the health benefits of coffee include:
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.
- Reduced risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Protects against gallstones.
- Lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
- Reduced risk of developing uterine and liver cancer.
- Drinking a cup of coffee every morning has been shown
to reduce daily depression.
Health Benefits of Tea
According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the health benefits of tea include:
- Black tea decreases the risk of heart attack, as well as possibly reduces the risk of developing cancer.
- Drinking green tea is associated with lower total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides, and higher HDL (the “good” cholesterol) levels.
- Herbal teas can aid in everything from sleep to digestion, and can even ease irritability and headaches.
Tips for Mindfully Consuming Coffee and Tea
The health benefits of both coffee and tea can be counteracted if you consume them with an abundance of sugar. Follow these tips for healthier coffee and tea consumption:
- Look for organic brands of coffee and tea.
- When brewing your coffee or tea at home, sweeten with a little organic honey, almond milk or cinnamon instead of sugar loaded creamers.
- Pay attention to labels when getting bottled coffee or tea and avoid added sugar.
- Make smart choices when going to coffee shops. Your best bet is to get a regular coffee or tea and sweeten yourself with a little honey, milk or cinnamon.
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