4 reasons you should replace your morning coffee with tea
In this article, we'll look at four big reasons why drinking tea instead of your morning cup of Joe can give you the boost you need while improving your overall health.
In most offices across the U.S., coffee reigns as the savior of the tired, sluggish and unfocused. No one would ever doubt coffee's ability to jump start productivity, but those benefits come with costs. In this article, we'll look at four big reasons why drinking tea instead of your morning cup of Joe can give you the boost you need while improving your overall health.
1. Tea contains less caffeine than coffee
Coffee is loaded with caffeine, and while tea does contain the substance, it isn't in the same dose. The Mayo Clinic explained that an 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee can contain anywhere from 95-200 mg of caffeine, while an 8-ounce cup of green tea contains only 24-45 mg.
The high levels of caffeine in coffee lead to a "crash" later, forcing you to either drink more or deal with the depleted energy levels. By comparison, Authority Nutrition explained that green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which pairs with the caffeine to enhance brain function. This means that even though tea has less caffeine, its synergistic effect with the L-theanine can give you a milder "buzz" without all the jitters.
2. Tea can help you lose weight
Few people drink their coffee black - most people add sugars, creams and other flavor enhancers to mask the bitter natural flavor. But over the course of a few cups of coffee, these additives can greatly increase your sugar and fat intake.
Tea, on the other hand, rarely needs anything added to it to taste good. If you do want to alter the flavor a bit, a teaspoon of honey (which has its own health benefits) will do the trick nicely. In addition, the tea itself can kickstart your metabolism, which is crucial to someone trying to lose weight.
3. Tea contains disease-fighting nutrients
For millennia, tea has been touted across the world for its health benefits, and modern research has confirmed what the ancients knew about tea. According to an article from Harvard Health Publications, green tea has been found to contain flavonoids and catechins, which are antioxidents that help prevent the spread of cancerous cells.
Tea also blocks the oxidation of bad cholesterol (LDL) while increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL), which is critical for preventing heart diseases.
4. Tea is better for dental health
Drinking coffee—especially with sugary additives—can lead to an array of dental problems, such as discoloration of your teeth and cavities caused by excess sugar consumption.
Tea, on the other hand, contains no excess sugar and the fluoride it contains is only a problem if you consume tea in very large quantities. Thus, swapping out your coffee for tea can promote better dental health.