Coffee or Tea? Great Ways to Start the Day

Just like you are either a dog person or a cat person, you are probably either a coffee drinker or a tea drinker.  It is the way you begin your day, the warmth inside your travel mug, and your all-around cup of happiness. 

But did you know that there are health benefits to drinking this 'jump start your day' cup?

Coffee

Your morning cup of coffee can improve your life in ways you may not know:

1. Gives you an Energy Boost

Okay, so you probably already knew this one.  But did you know that the caffeine contained in coffee works by blocking the effects of adenosine, a brain chemical that makes you tired.  At the same time, it triggers a release of adrenaline that is associated with increased energy.  Voilà!  You get a boost in just one cup of coffee!

2.  Makes you Smarter

Studies have shown that a one of the benefits to coffee is improve cognitive function, memory and your ability to focus. 

There may be long term effects on improved brain health with moderate cups of coffee.

3.  Makes you Happier

The Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study that showed coffee can help people become generally more positive in their liveswith one coffee per day.

That feeling of happiness occurs when coffee stimulates the release of dopamine in your brain.

 4.  Makes you Healthier

Drinking coffee can have huge impact on health conditions. Being a coffee drinker can make you less likely to get type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. 

Other benefits of coffee include decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease, colon cancer, and liver disease are associated with drinking coffee.


Tea

Don't worry if you are still committed to your morning cup of tea.  The health benefits of tea are just as numerous.

1.  Gives you an Energy Boost

If you drink tea because you want to limit your caffeine intake, don't worry.  You can still get a surge in energy levels because tea contains an amino acid known as L-theanine.  This slows the absorption of the small amount of caffeine that is present and releases it in a slower, steadier rate which can help health benefits. 

2.  Keeps you Hydrated

Drinking tea can supplement your water intake, all while adding additional flavonoids and antioxidants that will reduce cell damage and assist in keeping your cardiovascular system in top shape.  Antioxidants in tea have cancer fighting properties as well.

3.  Helps with Weight Loss

Regular tea drinkers have all tried green tea. Green tea particularly helps you lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.  It contains amino acids that signal your body to burn fat. 

4.  Aids Digestion and Reduces Blood Sugar

Hot drinks, lik tea is great for settling an upset stomach, reducing nausea, and treating diarrhea.  Ginger tea, in particular has superb soothing properties and is helpful with digestive issues.

Blood sugar is stabilized after eating a meal if you follow it up with a cup of tea.

Varieties of Coffee

Regular Caffeinated Coffee

The most popular coffee sold.

It is available in different roast:  light, medium, dark and extra dark roasts.

They come from Arabica, Robusta, and Liberica beans, with Arabica being the most popular.

They may be brewed by Drip, Pour Over, Espresso, or Cold Brew.

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Decaffeinated Coffee

Approximately 97% of the caffeine has been removed.

Same flavor profile as caffeinated coffee with most of the same benefits.

Coffee Drinks

Latte - steamed milk blended with espresso

Americano - espresso shot diluted with hot water

Café Au Lait - coffee and warm milk

Espresso - finely ground, extra dark beans, run through a pressurized machine

Cappuccino - layered with steamed milk, foamed milk, and espresso

Varieties of Tea

Green tea is the most widely consumed tea in the world.  It is unoxidized and has less caffeine than black tea.  It has an earthy and bright flavor profile.

Oolong tea is a semi-oxidized tea that is picked later in the season than green tea.  It has a fragrant full-bodied flavor.

White tea is the least processed of all tea varieties.  It has a delicate, naturally sweet flavor.

Black tea is one of the most popular tea flavors and is fully oxidized.  It has a malty, full-bodied stronger flavor. 

Herbal tea does not come from tea leaves but rather from dried herbs, fruits, and flowers.  They have delicate, fruity or herbal flavors. 

Conclusion

Both coffee and tea have many properties that improve your mood, your health, and give you energy to start your day.  Whatever your personal preference is, or even if you want to mix it up a little, Sunflour Baking offers a wide selection of flavors and ingredients to get you started on the right foot. You can even order our coffee online and get it shipped nationwide. 

SOURCES
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1467-3010.2007.00665.x