Tea was a widely-consumed drink in colonial America; many people began their day with tea or enjoyed a cup in the afternoon. America’s love affair with coffee can be traced back to the 1760s and 1770s when the British government began imposing higher taxes on tea and colonials turned to other drinks like coffee to protest the tax. Today, 54% of American adults drink coffee on a daily basis; but tea remains a favorite beverage, with over 50% of the population having a cup on a given day. Some swear by the superiority of one drink over the other, but both tea and coffee offer significant health benefits.
Both tea and coffee contain polyphenols, molecules which possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Coffee is in fact the largest source of antioxidants in the American diet. Tea and coffee also cuts the risk of developing neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Consuming either drink also lowers a person’s risk of developing Type II Diabetes and certain types of cancers. Coffee in particular reduces the risk of liver cancer and protects against liver cirrhosis.
Since tea contains low levels of caffeine, large amounts can be consumed without side affects like jitteriness. Tea boosts the immune system and depending on the type of tea, it can alleviate a variety of ailments like headaches, cramps, allergies, and even stress. Tea-drinking is also correlated with a lower BMI (body-mass index) and reduces cholesterol and blood pressure.
Although coffee and tea share many advantages, coffee has the added benefit of aiding with cognitive functioning. Drinking an 8 oz. cup of coffee improves memory, alertness, energy levels, and performance on mental activities. Coffee can also decrease the likelihood of depression.
Find a local coffee shop through Real Local Pages (RLP), an online directory of businesses. RLP can be used to locate a variety of businesses throughout the United States, from coffee shops, to restaurants, to computer repair stores, to hotels and resorts. Enter your state and city on the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com, then enter key terms into the search box, or, choose from something on the popular categories list on the main page. The results page will display a list of businesses along with the address and phone number of the location.