Coffee or Tea: Which Drink is Right For You?

By Anne-Marie Botek, Editor

Do you consider yourself to be a coffee connoisseur or a green tea devotee?

Both beverages carry their own set of research-backed benefits that may help you maintain your energy and health.

These advantages are helpful to know if you’re having trouble deciding which drink to down.

Snag a green tea bag if you want to:

  • Enhance your endurance and slim down: If you’re a fitness fanatic, you may want to swap out your supplement powder for matcha—a finely ground form of green tea. Japanese researchers have linked regular consumption of green tea extract (GTE) to an increase in exercise endurance. A different study found that people who consumed GTE while following a moderate exercise program lost more abdominal fat than those who relied on exercise alone.
  • Live longer: Becoming a daily drinker of tea may extend your lifespan, according to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Study authors found a connection between regularly drinking green tea (5 cups or more per day) and a reduction in risk of death from all causes.
  • Duck dentures: Green tea may help keep your teeth and gums healthy, according to a Japanese study that found that gulping more than one cup of tea per day helped prevent gingivitis and tooth loss.
  • Free yourself from free radicals: Green tea is king of the antioxidants—substances that help guard cells against the detrimental effects of free radicals. More than any other type of tea or coffee, green tea has by far the most cancer-fighting antioxidants (called polyphenols).

Make a mug of Joe if you want to:

  • Avert Alzheimer’s: Three cups of coffee per day may help you keep Alzheimer’s disease at bay. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease discovered that older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment—a common precursor to Alzheimer’s disease—who had higher levels of caffeine in their blood were able to delay the development of full-blown Alzheimer’s for several years.
  • Beat the blues: It may not help in cases of full-blown burnout, but studies have shown that women who drink coffee may be less likely to become depressed than their non-coffee drinking counterparts. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that a daily intake of four cups of coffee was enough to decrease a woman’s chances for developing depression by as much as 20 percent.
  • Stave off a stroke: Swigging at least two cups of coffee each day may help prevent you from having a stroke. The bitter beverage has been shown to decrease a woman’s risk for having a stroke by 25 percent, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
  • Up your essential nutrients: Coffee is a good source of certain essential nutrients, including: potassium, magnesium and niacin.

If you’d prefer not to choose between the two, you can derive benefit from consuming both coffee and tea. Studies have indicated that both beverages may reduce a person’s risk for: heart disease, various  types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders, and Type 2 diabetes.

Things to keep in mind…

Most studies that connect coffee and green tea with certain health benefits are correlational—scientists have found a relationship between consuming these beverages and certain medical advantages. Because these links are correlational, they are not guaranteed to occur in everyone.

Additionally, while the mind-sharpening benefits of caffeine can be wonderful, there are a few downsides to the stimulant—which can be found in both green tea and coffee.

Caffeine can be addicting, and over time you may need more and more to clear out your mental cobwebs. It may also raise blood pressure and increase symptoms of anxiety and insomnia in people prone to these issues.

The typical cup of coffee has nearly three times the amount of caffeine as green tea, so if you’re concerned about consuming too much of the stimulant, you may want to go with green tea or stick to a decaffeinated brew.

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wael a.
wael a5 years ago

thank you

Ellen J.
Ellen J5 years ago

I like 'em both. Maybe I'll be heart healthy and mentally OK. :)

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla6 years ago

I drink both, I don´t think you have to leave one for the other, it is ridiculous.

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson6 years ago

i love them both! coffee gives me heartburn but i dont care! lol

Beata R.
Beata R6 years ago

honestly, i am coffee addict. My morning begins with a cup of coffee. My friends are encouraging me to drink less, but I can't. I love that smell and that wonderful taste. I can't resist :D Also, I love green tea very much, is definitely the answer.

Borg Drone
Past Member 6 years ago


Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush6 years ago

Never having been a lover of green tea, but enjoy black tea, I decided that I had to find a way to incorporate both.
Since, I make a whole pot of tea on a regular basis (for iced tea), I decided to start out using mostly black tea bags with a few green tea bags. Eventually, I made the transformation to mostly green tea bags with a few black tea bags.
It worked.
Actually, I like the flavor of hibiscus tea, so I added it as well. By the way, hibiscus is good for blood pressure. I had to buy a tea ball for the loose hibiscus tea, since, these tea bags are not easily found. If it is too strong, add cold water at the end.

It appears that many teas can be blended, which hadn't occurred to me, at the onset.

Angie B.
Angela B6 years ago

I drink coffee....I love it and it doesn't bother my digestion or mess up my sleep habits. With lots of water in between!

Donna B.
Donna B6 years ago

Never could drink coffee. Can't even stand the smell of it. Love my cup of tea in the morning. Not green tea though. Don't like that at all. Just leaves a really bad after taste or something. I have tried and tried to like it but I can't. So just one cup of of tea every morning. Thx for the interesting post.

Christine Stewart
Christine S6 years ago

Coffee in the morning (chocolate almond milk- yum) and tea in the afternoon- I guess I intake more caffeine than I really should- but it keeps me going!