Author: Directors of Tea Leaves Date Posted:1 May 2019
If you are looking for the highest source of antioxidants in a beverage, some think that the best source of antioxidants is coffee; others think tea is a healthier source of antioxidants.
Coffee has more antioxidants per cup
While both coffee and tea are high in antioxidants that help neutralize harmful free radicals in our bodies, there are more antioxidants in a cup of coffee than in a cup of tea.
Instant coffee contains chlorogenic acid, which is known to be the main antioxidant in coffee.
However, drinking more than two cups of coffee per day is not recommended, due to high caffeine levels and its elevation of blood pressure, elevation of heart rate and jitteryness when consuming many cups.
But tea gives more antioxidants per day
Black tea, oolong tea, and green tea may not be as high in antioxidants as coffee is, but because they can be sipped all day long, they are actually better sources of antioxidants.
Tea is rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants. Green teas and black teas contain the same amount of polyphenals. Tea contains up to 10 times the amount of polyphenols that are found in fruits and vegetables.
The biggest benefit of tea is that it is healthy for most people to drink six to eight cups of tea per day.
When you compare the amount of antioxidants in six to eight cups of tea to the amount of antioxidants in two cups of coffee, tea wins.