COFFEE OR GREEN TEA

COFFEE OR GREEN TEA

COFFEE OR GREEN TEA

It turns out the sterotype of well-to-do Brits sipping tea is simply a misnomer, as the UK went 15th on a list of countries who drank the most (Uzbekistan, if you’re wondering, came first). More and more Brits are switching to coffee, but for fuelling your workouts or abetting the daily grind, coffee and green tea have long battled to claim the victor’s cup. But which shot is hotter?

The big numbers

Coffee: the average endurance boost enjoyed by coffee-drinkers is 24% during cycling and running time-trials, according to the University of Georgia.

Green tea: the amount of fat burned by one cup of green tea, according to the findings of Obesity Reviews, comes in at 5.7g.

Cost per caffeine

Coffee: reaching your 400mg daily caffeine limit with ground beans will set you back by 60p: the cost of a four-cup cafetiere. (Assuming you go for the good stuff.)

Green tea: per milligram of caffeine, the cost barely differs. Hitting your green-tea limit will cost you 50p and 8-10 cups. Try not to drink them all at once, though.

 

Steep impact

Coffee: the higher caffeine content delivers a short-term burst of energy by triggering hormones such as adrenaline and dopamine. Use it as a pre-workout 30min before hitting the gym, or when you need to bring your office A-game.

Green tea: your brew contains l-theanine, which has a relaxing effect and reduces jitters caused by caffeine. With less caffeine than coffee, green tea has a smoother effect on energy – ideal for a late-afternoon boost that won’t disturb your sleep.

Sworn nemeses

Coffee: your daily grind curbs the absorption of iron and calcium. Limit the java to mornings – or at least an hour before eating – so you can go

Green tea: a cup of char does battle with carbs. While the effect isn’t strong enough to neutralise a bread binge, its polyphenols will help you manage your blood sugar. USDA studies show it can increase insulin activity in fat cells 15-fold.

Helpful for…

Coffee: pain relief, liver health, sunburn and it also provide an unexpected sexual boost.

Green tea: heart health, diabetes, immunity and cancer risk.

Hipster points

Coffee: cold brew coffee, the latest in coffee-shop trends, scores well for hipster kudos with a 86% Google search increase since January 2015.

 

Green tea: matcha latte steals a march, up 90% on the search engine. Plus it’s infinitely more ’grammable than a mug of boiled leaves.

The MH verdict: green tea wins

Tea is having its time. While coffee has extracted itself from the dietary blacklist – no longer believed to play havoc with your heart – research into its effects on blood sugar is still shaky. Yes, for a quick pick-me-up or pre-workout jolt, Joe will get the job done. But for proven health highs, both in terms of weight-loss and disease prevention, without the caffeine comedown, green tea is our winner. Your personal best is in the bags.

It turns out the sterotype of well-to-do Brits sipping tea is simply a misnomer, as the UK came 15th on a list of countries who drank the most (Uzbekistan, if you’re wondering, came first). More and more Brits are switching to coffee, but for fuelling your workouts or abetting the daily grind, coffee and green tea have long battled to claim the victor’s cup. But which shot is hotter?

The big numbers

Coffee: the average endurance boost enjoyed by coffee-drinkers is 24% during cycling and running time-trials, according to the University of Georgia.

Green tea: the amount of fat burned by one cup of green tea, according to the findings of Obesity Reviews, comes in at 5.7g.

Cost per caffeine

Coffee: reaching your 400mg daily caffeine limit with ground beans will set you back by 60p: the cost of a four-cup cafetiere. (Assuming you go for the good stuff.)

Green tea: per milligram of caffeine, the cost barely differs. Hitting your green-tea limit will cost you 50p and 8-10 cups. Try not to drink them all at once, though.

 

Steep impact

Coffee: the higher caffeine content delivers a short-term burst of energy by triggering hormones such as adrenaline and dopamine. Use it as a pre-workout 30min before hitting the gym, or when you need to bring your office A-game.

Green tea: your brew contains l-theanine, which has a relaxing effect and reduces jitters caused by caffeine. With less caffeine than coffee, green tea has a smoother effect on energy – ideal for a late-afternoon boost that won’t disturb your sleep.

Sworn nemeses

Coffee: your daily grind curbs the absorption of iron and calcium. Limit the java to mornings – or at least an hour before eating – so you can go heavy on the veg at lunch. And don’t use it to wash down supps.

 

Green tea: a cup of char does battle with carbs. While the effect isn’t strong enough to neutralise a bread binge, its polyphenols will help you manage your blood sugar. USDA studies show it can increase insulin activity in fat cells 15-fold.

Helpful for…

Coffee: pain relief, liver health, sunburn and it also provide an unexpected sexual boost.

Green tea: heart health, diabetes, immunity and cancer risk.

Hipster points

Coffee: cold brew coffee, the latest in coffee-shop trends, scores well for hipster kudos with a 86% Google search increase since January 2015.

 

Green tea: matcha latte steals a march, up 90% on the search engine. Plus it’s infinitely more ’grammable than a mug of boiled leaves.

The MH verdict: green tea wins

Tea is having its time. While coffee has extracted itself from the dietary blacklist – no longer believed to play havoc with your heart – research into its effects on blood sugar is still shaky. Yes, for a quick pick-me-up or pre-workout jolt, Joe will get the job done. But for proven health highs, both in terms of weight-loss and disease prevention, without the caffeine comedown, green tea is our winner. Your personal best is in the bags.

 

Brought from http://www.menshealth.co.uk/food-nutrition/coffee-or-green-tea-which-is-better

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