Battle of the Beverages: Tea is Better for Long-Term Health than Coffee

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It’s sure to start a battle of the beverages, but a new study is making the claim that tea may be better for your long-term health than coffee.

Presented in France, this study looked at the overall health of both tea and coffee drinkers for seven years. As Shape reveals, those who drank tea had a 24 percent lower non-cardiovascular mortality rate than coffee drinkers.

The presenter of the study, Nicolas Danchin, M.D., Ph.D., said in a release, “If you have to choose between tea or coffee it’s probably better to drink tea. Coffee and tea are important components of our way of life.”

That’s definitely true. Many people simply can’t start their day without a few sips of tea or coffee. Happily, this morning habit isn’t a bad one to develop at all. Both tea and coffee have been shown to have health benefits when consumed in reasonable amounts.

According to Professor Danchin, tea may even be a better choice than abstaining from either drink.

However, the professor does admit that overall lifestyle may have something to do with the difference in mortality rates of coffee and tea drinkers. In the study, tea drinkers appeared to lead healthier lifestyles in general. For example, those who drank coffee were more likely to smoke, whereas those who drank tea were overall more physically active. So, the healthier lifestyle of tea drinkers may boost the perception of tea’s health benefits.

Tea has antioxidants which may provide survival benefits,” Professor Danchin said. “Tea drinkers also have healthier lifestyles so does tea drinking reflect a particular person profile or is it tea, per se, that improves outcomes – for me that remains an open question”

“Pending the answer to that question, I think that you could fairly honestly recommend tea drinking rather than coffee drinking and even rather than not drinking anything at all.”

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