Nowadays you're spoiled for choice when deciding upon your preferred hot beverage...
Walking down the high street, into the town or the village, coffee shops and cafés are rife!
Café culture is big business!
A glance down the supermarket aisle you've got teas from China, coffees from Columbia, English Breakfast tea made from a group of Asian teas blended, fruit teas.
I'm not a tea or coffee expert, so don't expect a plethora of acquired new knowledge from this post, however I have sampled many, and looked into a few of the comparables between them, and noticed some effects for myself.
It's supposed to have originated in china, and is now produced all over Asia, and even other parts of the world. It comes in a wide variety of flavours* and blends, you can usually find them in your local supermarket, tea shop, or online tea specialist.
"Daily consumption of green tea has been associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease..."
Take from that what you will, there are many other health benefits associated with green tea such as: antioxidant value, fat burning (it increases metabolic rate), improved brain function and health.
Caffeine content is usually around: 20 - 40mgs per cup...
Like with anything in life, take the marketing with a pinch of salt, and do your own DD, more importantly see what works for you - we're not all made equal!
I do drink it on the regular though, and would recommend it for fat loss/digestion aid.
*Yes I'm not too sure on the added flavours to green tea. If i'm drinking green tea I'm not drinking it for its sweet fruity taste!
Again, comes in a wide variety of flavours and blends, loose, bagged etc, its safe to say no two are the same.
They're usually low in calories (unless sweetened), and mostly caffeine free, and some claim to be high in Vitamin C.
If you're looking for a regular hot drink, to stay consistent with the goal of fat loss, or health in mind, I'm a big fruit tea drinker, I'd recommend a fruity brew!
Black and English Breakfast Tea...
A more oxidised tea than green tea, "black" refers to the colour of the oxidised leaves during production, if you visit China Black Tea is described as Red Tea - from the colour of the liquid (More apt in my opinion).
English Breakfast Is very similar to black tea, but a blend usually of three black teas drank traditionally at breakfast - No shit right?!
If unsweetened, they are very low calorie, and have been linked with blood vessel health, skin, and dental health. Generally it has around half the caffeine content of coffee (around 30-70mg's per cup).
Check out these guys for your more specialist teas and accessories:
Jenier World of Teas
White or black - What ever the F@#$ you want!
Calories in a "cup" - most companies/chains measure per cup without stating what that is.
I can tell you one thing though, most "Coffees" you see on offer in Starbucks, Costa, McCafe(McDonalds), etc... should be compared to rich deserts based upon calorie and sugar content. And people drink multiple of these a day!
Brewed coffee has more caffeine than steeped tea, the average cup has between 95-200mgs.
As with teas, my dentist told me drinking them black will cause more staining to your pearly smile! "Drink it through a straw" Yeah right!
I have had to limit myself lately however, to one cup of coffee a day, after its jittery effects laid my arse out and I crashed big time! If you're running day to day on stimulants (caffeine), you're far from your optimal, and risk adrenal fatigue over the longer term.
There are health benefits associated with coffee drinking also though, a mixed view on daily caffeine consumption has the world of science divided. Personally again, in moderation I believe it to be a good thing!
Check out: Four Sigmatic for their amazing healthy mushroom blend coffee's.
In conclusion, for me if I want a speciality tea or coffee, I don't have the time or space to be storing all the necessary tea/coffee making equipment, filters, loose leaves/beans etc. I simply keep myself up to date on the best local spot for what I want, coffee usually as plain as possible black or white, no added sugar.
My main love will never change however. Good quality Water - Everyday, and lots of it!
Fare well for today,
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