Tea lovers and coffee junkies divide humanity. The U.S. and Italy are coffee nations, while the UK and Asia drink tea. Both beverages are popular.
But the primary question is how nutritionally these hot beverages compare, so here's what you need to know:
Both tea leaf and coffee bean have no fat, salt, or carbohydrates. Coffee and tea made with boiling water have nearly no calories.
Many individuals find this "straight" beverage either too bitter or tasteless to enjoy. When you add sugar and/or milk, problems start to arise.
Leaf and bean contain caffeine. Coffee is twice as caffeinated as tea per cup. 3 cups of coffee or 6 cups of tea is considered healthy for most individuals.
Caffeine stimulates the metabolism. In fact, if you exercise in the morning, a cup of coffee before your two-mile run will improve your performance.
Both beverages can provide some nourishment to the body. There are B vitamins, potassium, and other minerals in coffee.
Manganese, folate, and potassium are in tea. Green tea's cancer-fighting antioxidants have made it popular in the U.S.
Daily intakes of more than 100 ml (3 fl. Oz.) of tea or coffee may lessen the incidence of some brain cancers.
Tea and coffee are both healthful in amounts up to three cups of coffee or six cups of tea per day; however, the amount of sugar and/or cream should be monitored.