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The Health Benefits of Coffee & Tea

Antioxidants are guaranteed to be in all colorful fruits and vegetables, but did you know coffee and tea provides potentially healthy antioxidant benefits too?

Though researchers have not determined a particular mechanism antioxidants play in some disease preventing effects. Studies are being done and are linking coffee including decaf, to lowering the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and even some cancers. While this research is taking place, it is essential to remember that these antioxidants may have other positive effects such as an anti-inflammatory.

Studies are also in progress looking at Black Tea’s effect on heart health and decreasing rates of heart attack. Green Tea has been correlated with lower total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides and higher (healthy) HDL. We do know for sure, most tea drinkers find this beverage soothing and restorative if not anything else. But stay tuned, because nutrition research is continually updating and changing.

The widely accepted recommendation is to have no more than 3 to 4 – 8oz cups of coffee per day. Typical amounts of caffeine in tea are generally less than half of what coffee contains. Keep in mind certain people in our population may be more prone to the adverse effects of caffeine i.e. people with hypertension or the elderly.

References: “Benefits of Coffee.” Eat Right. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics., www.eatright.org/health/wellness/preventing-illness/benefits-of-coffee.