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Coffee vs. Tea

Coffee and Tea are some of the most consumed beverages in the world. There are people who find it tremendously difficult to go about their daily lives without consuming one, if not both, multiple times throughout the day. I count myself as one. Excess intake of these beverages can be proven to have an addictive effect, and in some people result in negative effects on health. There is a lot of similarity in the content of these beverages as well as the effects they have on a person. Conversely, they also have a number of differences, some of which include the different medicinal qualities. The difference is also due to the biological effects they cause, their molecular composition as well as the effect they have on lifestyle. Their popularity and price range also create some distinction between the two.

Coffee vs tea

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Unlike coffee, tea has been known to have a number of medicinal effects. Tea has been known to reduce the growth of cancerous cells. However, research is still underway to establish whether the caffeine in coffee is one of the risk factors or not. The caffeine in coffee has a negative effect on pregnancy as it may cause anxiety. Although tea should also be avoided, coffee is restricted the most among pregnant women. Tea is very helpful in improving digestion after a meal. A contrary explanation is that coffee on the other hand, is a very strong stimulant and if taken after a meal and especially dinner, it will alter with sleep.

Most of the research shows tea to having a lot of effects in enhancing health compared to coffee. Coffee has one proven positive effect on health. The stimulant in coffee due to its high caffeine content has been used in the treatment of asthma. Tea also contains a compound that helps fight allergic reactions. It also reduces cholesterol in the blood and fights a number of viruses. In addition, it also helps in cases of food poisoning.

Coffee is extracted from a bean while tea is from a leaf. This is what brings about the difference in their flavors in that, coffee is known to have a stronger and bitter taste compared to tea which has a mild taste.

The content of caffeine in these two products also differs. The difference is determined by the effect they each have when taken. For instance, the caffeine in coffee is absorbed at a faster rate into the blood stream and can cause anxiety. On the contrary, caffeine in tea is said to enhance the ability of smell and taste as well as improve concentration.

There is a popularity difference in these two beverages. This varies with population and their preferences. Most Americans for instance, are known to consume more coffee than tea. Tea on the other hand is more popular in the African regions. The prices of these products vary depending on the flavor as well as the brand.

For people sensitive to the high amount of caffeine in coffee, they can have tea as an alternative. Despite the various criticisms associated with the intake of tea and coffee such as the caffeine content and its effect, their popularity still remains high.

And at the end of the day, coffee arouses the senses and tastes too damn good to live without.

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