What is the healthiest hot drink? After several days of agape, it is quite possible that the question torments you, dear reader. the Washington Post anticipated this existential questioning and proposes to oppose, like a boxing match, tea and coffee, two of the most popular drinks in the world. The American daily regularly publishes infographics. And this is an extract from the animated version published on October 4 on his site. It summarizes the results of numerous studies that attempt to establish the link between the consumption of coffee or tea and health.
Each round, in particular, corresponds to a particular aspect in terms of health, physical or mental. Necessary steps to obtain an “objective” count in order to award the title of “healthiest drink world champion”.
That said, “whatever your preference, scientists have found that drinking coffee or tea regularly can provide a variety of health benefits,” immediately underlines the daily life. Coffee and tea drinkers tend to live longer than people who don’t drink any of these beverages, says the newspaper, with supporting studies.
They are both associated with a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But it could also be because those who regularly drink tea or coffee have other heart-healthy habits, like exercising more or eating a healthy diet.
They contain fiber, but in different amounts. A study has shown that a cup of coffee contains an average of 1.1 to 1.8 grams, depending on whether it is filtered or obtained by percolation. Nothing like tea, unless you eat the leaves of the plant directly…
Tea and coffee contain polyphenols – molecules found in plants that research shows are “fuel” for the beneficial bacteria that make up our gut microbiome.
To concentrate, it is better to drink tea
Coffee in particular contains a lot of chlorogenic acid, a polyphenol which some studies show is linked to improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control and therefore to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. .
Numerous studies, including a meta-analysis of 59 studies on 40 cohorts, have also shown that regular coffee drinkers have a 13% lower risk of developing cancer compared to those who drink it rarely or never. However, other factors, related to lifestyle in particular, could explain this decline. On the other hand, other research has failed to demonstrate a link between tea consumption and cancer prevention.
Tea seems to be a better ally than coffee when it comes to intellectual concentration: both contain enough caffeine to promote performance, but tea does not contain enough to disrupt sleep, unlike coffee.
In the end, in this match, coffee seems to be able to claim the coveted title of “world’s healthiest drink champion”, but that’s because it is the subject of much more study, assures Sanjiv Chopra , professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and author of Coffee ! The magic elixir (“Coffee ! The magic elixir”, unpublished in French), to the American newspaper.
One could imagine other categories to consider, such as popularity. It is estimated that, worldwide, three cups of tea are consumed for every cup of coffee drunk. Tea is the second drink we drink the most. Behind the water.