They’re two of the most popular drinks in the world, but which is better for your health?
We’re starting a battle between coffee and tea!
Which is better for diabetics? Do either carry health benefits or will they hurt your body?
1) An 8 ounce cup of black coffee supplies about 11% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B2. It also contains trace amounts of minerals, like magnesium, potassium, and manganese.
2) The caffeine content of a single cup of coffee can range from 30 mg to 300 mg, though most typical cups contain about 100 mg of caffeine.
3) Due to the high amount of caffeine, coffee may end up raising blood sugar levels. 2 cups per day could raise glucose levels by 8%. Some studies now suggest that regular consumption of coffee for diabetics could increase their insulin resistance. It may also interfere with sleep, which can have negative consequences for diabetics.
4) On its own, coffee only has about 5 calories per cup.
5) Studies have found that drinking 6 or more cups of coffee per day can increase heart disease risk by 20%.
6) Unlike coffee, tea has a wide range of varieties, many of them free from caffeine content. White, black, and green teas all come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, and they contain caffeine. Herbal teas are a mix of herbs, spices, and tea leaves, and several types don’t contain any caffeine.
7) All teas tend to include cancer-fighting antioxidant polyphenols. They also house important minerals, like copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
8) Drinking tea regularly has been shown to improve blood flow, and, thus, can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
9) High in antioxidants and containing fluoride, tea can fight bacteria in the mouth and strengthen teeth. Gum health is directly related to heart health, so this is yet another way that tea can better the health of diabetics.
10) Green tea contains catechins, which has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Black tea may help lessen inflammation. Hibiscus tea is renowned for its high antioxidant content. Chamomile has been shown to reduce menstrual cramp pain and improve bone density.