What Drove You Today: Green Tea or Coffee?
We launched a study to know more about the two most popular beverages in the world, Green Tea and Coffee, and pipped them against one another to know of their respective traits. Here’s what we found out!
With 1.6 billion cups served every day for coffee alone, it makes up for a perfect day to decide just what makes it one of the two of the most popular beverages in the world. This popular drink is relied upon by countless people around the world to power start their day on a positive note and to boost their energy levels as they jump off their beds. Coffee provides them with the required “kick” they need out of every morning besides being the first the thing they need for their daily dose of antioxidants. Most of them even believe that their favourite cuppa coffee may even ward off disasters like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Then there is the Green Tea, the only contender that comes incredibly close to beat coffee at its own game!
It is a powerhouse when it comes to detoxifying your body and to help it quickly get rid of extra fat over a reasonable period of time, two reasons that make it a constant darling of models and celebrities from all parts of the world. Its bioactive compounds help lower cholesterol levels and also help it present itself as a smart alternative to caffeinated carbonated drinks like cola and suchlike. Green tea is thus an all-round package that yields more pluses than minuses, and with its popularity gaining wide acceptance, it makes up for your anytime drink. And your liver might love it more than it loves coffee.
This blogpost investigates and presents a comparative study of these two beverages with regards to several standard aspects like caffeine content, antioxidants content, role in weight loss, etc. This shall also make it a comparative study of the ever so popular search term “Green Tea vs Coffee” and the respective benefits that come with the duo. Stay with us as we take you along!
Coffee Vs Green Tea: Caffeine Content
If there is one term you would always relate with coffee, it would be caffeine. A 240 mL cup of coffee contains around 140 mg of caffeine. This is a close runner to the 375 to 400 mg of maximum permissible daily dose that an adult can take and process in one’s liver. Just two cups of coffee (one each in the morning and the evening) can get you closer to your maximum daily permissible content of caffeine and keep you energized all day long.
And yes, a calculated amount of caffeine intake is important because it:
1. Offers higher blood pressure levels
2. Relieves pre- and post-workout stress
3. Guards against sleep loss
4. Detoxifies the liver and may reduce the occurrence of fatty liver
5. Guards against Hepatitis C and type 2 Diabetes
6. Improves reaction time by boosting sharpness and alertness
7. Stimulates the health of our hearts as well.
Green Tea takes a shorter run of course because of its extremely lower caffeine content. Just for the record, a 240 mL cup of it contains around 30 to 50 mg of caffeine at max as against 140 mg in coffee for the same quantity. This fact also makes this beverage a prime candidate for those who are either allergic to caffeine or are looking for a more subtle drink to start their day.
However, what Green Tea loses at the front of caffeine, it makes up with the presence of-Theanine. It is a unique type of amino acid that’s found in green tea and is known for driving mental focus, relaxed mental state, and stronger immunity. This amino acid is a godsend for people with frail composition and also for people who prefer a more laid back or relaxed lifestyle. Its calming effect comes to help their troubled psyche by offering them lower blood pressure and lower adrenaline levels.
Coffee Vs Green Tea: Antioxidants
Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent chain reactions leading to cellular degeneration. Simply put, antioxidants are those naturally occurring compounds that slow down our aging process, and they also ward off heart diseases and various forms of cancer.
An unconfirmed scientific research states that there are close to a thousand antioxidants in coffee and several more are developed during the roasting process. However, this is no match to the number of antioxidants that the Green Tea offers as a regular standard. For example, the former contains polyphenols and catechins that are known for their strong anti-aging properties.
Just one catch- one should not take green tea with sugar. Sugars have a well-deserved reputation of leading to a scary deficiency of Chromium in our bodies, besides spiking our natural glucose levels. Unprocessed sugars (like cola drinks etc.) taken immediately before or after consuming green tea might even create havoc on one’s digestive system for their mutually opposite effects on one’s liver. Such drinks might also contain Phosphoric Acid and taking it in more than permissible amounts might lead to even more troubles.
Green Tea is made of naturally unoxidized tea leaves and their high antioxidant content makes them a regular ingredient of traditional Indian and Chinese medicines. Sugar would react with these natural antioxidants and would render them more or less useless.
Coffee Vs Green Tea: For Weight Loss
If you are looking to lose weight, green tea is the best shot you could take for yourself. Every single cup of green tea contains a near-zero content of calories while the same measure of coffee contains at least 5 calories. As one continues to dress one’s coffee upwards or opts for more milk-centric variants (like Latte, Cappuccino, or CafféCrema), the calorie count skyrockets.
Green Tea sits in its own league when it comes to weight loss. Yes, there are flavoured green teas available (like the ones with ginger or clove flavours)but they hardly make any difference in the calorie counts and this is just what someone looking to shed a few kilos might be looking for.
Here’s a golden rule of thumb: Green Tea has near-zero calories and this makes way for improved metabolism and burns all unsaturated fats in your body. Coffee (especially the milkier ones) can reduce your appetite and might even speed up your metabolism process, but that won’t have a significant effect on your weight by any means.
Is Green Tea acidic or alkaline?
A substance’s acidity or alkaline nature is measured as per the pH scale that reads from 0 (highly acidic) to 14 (highly alkaline), and a reading of 7 is considered neutral. Human blood is on the alkaline side and this is the main reason that some acidic foods may drive us to illness. Green Tea is mildly alkaline and is certainly not acidic like coffee and this makes for a very strong case in its favour.
However, should you be a working professional or someone who follows a very motivated work-life schedule, coffee is your best bet because it would stimulate your brain’s cellular activity and would drive faster impulses to your brain, thus making you sharper and focused. Too many writers start their day with a coffee and they feel it helps them “put themselves in a feel of things” as they start writing. We also know a few health professionals who work out in a calculated manner (using smartwatches or fitness bands) and swear by coffee’s role in helping them get through their day.