Monday, November 17, 2008

Tea or Coffee - That is a Question

Just as an old Chinese saying goes: 萝卜青菜,各有所爱 Every man has his hobbyhors, Tea and coffee each has its own fans and enjoys long history and rich culture.

Today's point is not mainly about which is good or which is bad even thought there is some reviews. It's about comparison and relish, talkig about life and different drinking habit with tea or coffee.

Tea and coffee is so different in appearance, flavor, function, culture innotaion, just like the difference between China and the western world. They are both good representatives of both countries.

Let's start with coffee. Recently, studies have been conducted on coffee, to see if it has any health benefits. And surprisingly, coffee is most likely not as bad as you might have thought. In moderation coffee is not adverse, and is even a little better than neutral.

It can improve cognitive function (fancy way of saying it can help you think better), reduce gallstone development, inhibit colon cancer, and improve long term physical activities.

Green tea does have caffeine, but it is a very small amount compared to that of coffee. The health benefits are mainly from its high antioxidant content.Modern studies have shown that many many health benefits are being discovered in green tea. It can help to prevent all sorts of cancer, from the esophagus, to the lungs, to the stomach, it prevents many types. It is also said to relax one, prevent tooth decay, and help the immune system, among other things. Chinese tea as olympic gifts are welcomed so badly during those olympic days.

So which is better? In the end, it comes down to personal discretion. Green tea health benefits at least at this point, have shown themselves superior, but those of coffee are not something to sneeze at either.

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