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Tips to decide which one is a helthier drink? Coffee or Tea?

When you reach for that mug in the morning you may get more benefits than a jump-start for the day. Many people start their day with a cup of coffee or tea along with their music collection. The cup of tea or coffee may differ in its milk content, sugar content, flavour, based on the persons taste. It could be a cup of coffee full body, soft, smooth and mellow flavour or a cup of flavoured tea Even today, the words for tea in almost every global language can be traced back to the Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese ‘cha’, or ‘te’ in the Amoy dialect of south-eastern China. . A cup of tea soothes a troubled mind say scientists. Daily cups of tea have been linked to a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, liver, cancer, gallstones, & type 2 diabetes. In addition green tea & white tea have been touted for their health benefits. What’s Interesting really is for years we were beating up coffee and now study after study is suggesting benefits, said Good Morning America" medical contributor David Katz.

So given a choice between Coffee & tea what’s the healthier drink that you can have in the morning? You can find Kat'z advice below. Full disclosure: He's a coffee drinker. How much to have? The maximum recommended amount of coffee is 8- ounce cups a day, although it depends on the individual in terms of body size along with other factors. Because Caffeine has been shown to raise blood pressure must limit your intake in case you have blood pressure abnormalities. More than 4 cups is never recommended. Antioxidants, there is a strong suggestion that antioxidants in tea-whether it’s black, green or white, have health benefits. Antioxidants can prevent inflammation of blood vessels & it has been linked to reduced risk of cancer.

In terms of antioxidants white tea has the most, followed by green tea, black tea & coffee. Green & white tea is made from different parts of tea leaves but both are processed minimally, unlike black tea, which is fermented. It appears the process of fermentation reduces the antioxidants in the final product.There are three types of tea classified according to the processing method:Black tea - fermented after plucking,Green Tea - Unfermented,Oolong - Semi Fermented.Caffeine in coffee is associated with enhanced alertness, increased productivity & concentration when you are driving & enhanced athletic performance .In terms of caffeine; coffee has the most followed by black tea, green tea & white tea. Tea vs. tea beverages. Because the health benefits of tea has become more recognized by the public some manufacturers are putting a small amount of it in a product and adding ingredients that are bad for you such as sugar. For example a Snapple green tea has 46 grams of sugar equivalent to 11 cubes of sugar. That’s more than twice as much sugar that u can find in a Hershey's chocolate bar.

Indian coffee is the most extraordinary of beverages, offering intriguing subtlety and stimulating intensity. India is the only country that grows all of its coffee under shade. Typically mild and not too acidic, these coffees possess an exotic full-bodied taste and a fine aroma. Coffee, espresso and mocha, using special, wonderful coffee makers with varieties of coffee flavours have given a varied taste to coffee drinkers. Flavoured coffee, mid coffee with nutty flavours along with many varieties of flavour is found. Two main types of coffee plantations include Arabica Coffee & Robusta Coffee.Coorg & Brazil are known coffee growers. Tata's Coorg Double Roast has become India's 2nd largest filter coffee-chicory brand. Arabicas grown in the regions of Chikmagalur, Coorg, Biligiris, Bababudangiris and Shevaroys regions pf Karnataka, in India. The beans are very large, uniform bluish-green in colour, with a clean polished appearance

We also find Manufacturers of herbal tea. They are prepared based on classical ayurvedic formulae, herbal slimming tea, herbal teas for memory enhancement,stress relief, strength and rejuvenation, diabetes,liver cleanse, cold and cough. Pure Ayurvedic Tea,Fresh Indian Tea, Natural Herbal Tea with tastes of ginger, lime, Masala, Flavoured Tea…is few of the varieties found. Darjeeling Tea, Ooty Tea, Assam Tea, Nilgiri Tea. Brand Labels such as Red Label Tea, Taj Mahal Tea, and Lipton Tea are few among the branded tea manufacturers.

The Coffee Board of India Promotes expansion of the coffee industry, exports, and carries out and provides research information to aid the industry. Similarly India Tea Promoters Bureau ,European Fair Trade Association , Nestle Pvt. Ltd & few more associations & organisations takes care of tea exports & trade matters.Tea is a high volume commodity. Its fortunes and fluctuations affect not only individual farmers but the economies of nations.In case of Tea Hindustan Lever Ltd is india's largest tea exporter by value.

Despite Kenya having recently overtaken Sri Lanka to become the world's largest tea exporter, tea farmers there are anticipating a second successive disastrous year. In 1995 farmers' livelihoods were squeezed by economic forces. Prices fell as a result of increased production in a period when demand was stable. In this situation, farmers have to grow and pick more tea to maintain the same income and, as usual, the international law of supply and demand hits the poor hardest.

"Our green tea provides consumers with functional benefits & great taste”. Sapple said in a statement on its product " We offer a time green tea in both a diet & regular version giving consumers different choice & calorie options.” Coffee or tea”? If you have a choice between coffee and tea, Katz says tea is better. If coffee is part of your morning routine, you have nothing to worry about.
Published: 2007-05-29
Author: Sanjana Uthappa. N

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