When to Drink Coffee and Green Tea For Most Health Benefits…

Black Coffee in the Morning and Green Tea in the Afternoon May Provide Valuable Health Benefits

Dr Mercola | DrMercola.com

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Tea and coffee are among the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Tea is the most consumed beverage next to water, with 2 billion people drinking it every morning. Eighty-seven percent of millennials also report drinking it regularly.1

In the U.S. nearly 60 percent of adults drink coffee each morning, and 78 percent drink it at least occasionally.2 On the average, coffee drinkers consume about two cups a day.

Both coffee and tea contain caffeine (although there are also decaffeinated varieties), which has been linked to adverse health effects such as elevated blood pressure, gastric upset, and anxiety.

However, both coffee and tea contain other health-promoting ingredients that may outweigh the drawbacks of caffeine.

Among them are beneficial antioxidants and, according to researchers, coffee, because of the volume consumed, not because of its high amount, is the primary source of antioxidants in the American diet.3 The antioxidants may even help neutralize the harsher effects of the caffeine that coffee naturally contains.

Coffee Caveats

Be careful, though, as most all coffee produced is heavily contaminated with pesticides. It’s actually one of the most heavily sprayed crops. So, when we speak about the benefits of coffee, let it be understood that we’re talking about organic (ideally fair trade), pesticide-free coffee.

Another “con” is that most coffee available today is rancid, packed from ground beans that cannot survive even a week before getting stale. This is because the rate of rancidity increases dramatically once you grind the beans. Hence, much of the bagged coffee you find in your grocery store are already degraded.

All that will give you is the caffeine. It won’t provide you with healthy nutritional co-factors. So another basic principle in using coffee for its health benefits is to grind your own coffee beans.

Thirdly, you’ll want to make sure it’s roasted correctly. It’s often the case that foods with the darkest pigments offer the most robust benefits to health, and dark roast coffee, such as French Roast, espresso or Turkish coffee, may be no exception.

One 2011 study4 found that dark roast coffee led to a significant body weight reduction in pre-obese volunteers, whereas light roast did not. Dark roast READ MORE: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/01/18/black-coffee-green-tea-health-benefits.aspx

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