When you’re tired on a Monday morning, two of the best ways to put some pep in your step include coffee and tea. But is boiling bean juice or hot leaf soup the way to go? Both provide a caffeinated boost, so it depends on what you’re looking in your morning beverage.
More Caffeine? Coffee.
According to the BBC, coffee is the way to go if you’re looking to maximize your caffeine intake. Coffee has about 80 milligrams of caffeine, compared to the 40 milligrams found in tea.
However, according to a study, both beverages left subjects feeling similar levels of alertness later in the morning. So, it might be more than pure caffeine that determines how awake you feel. But if you still want to maximize your caffeine intake, coffee is the way to go.
Looking for Less Calories? Tea (Sort of).
Ok, so neither of these beverages is going to break the bank when it comes to calorie intake. After all, they’re both basically hot water and nature. However, if you add cream and sugar to your coffee, the calories can quickly pile up. And that doesn’t even take into account the many forms of coffee, from lattes to cappuccinos to the caloric monster that is the Frappuccino.
Want to Abstain from Teeth Staining? Coffee.
Both drinks are prone to staining your teeth, but tea is more likely to dirty your smile. According to another study detailed by the BBC, tea is more likely to adhere to your pearly whites than coffee.
Hoping to Relax? Tea.
While coffee has a reputation for making drinkers jittery and excitable, tea has a reputation for being relaxing. The reason isn’t really known, but a study found that those who drink three cups a day have a 37% lower risk of depression.
At the end (or in this case, beginning) of the day, whether coffee or tea is right for you is really up to what you want for your caffeinated morning beverage.
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