Comparing and Contrasting Coffee and Tea

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Coffee and tea are the most consumed beverages to start the day. Coffee and tea can be made as either a hot or cold beverages. Each of them originates from a form of plant. Coffee comes from the coffee bean. It is then roasted and eventually sent out for consumers across the world to purchase at their pleasure. Tea leaves are gathered and dried and are either packaged in individual bags or are sent out as dried fruit and leaves to be used in a tea infuser. Many people choose to drink either coffee or tea as a personal preference. Now the question becomes, who is actually benefitting from their consumption? While the average coffee lover drinks 23 gallons of coffee every year, a tea enthusiast would generally drink 10.3 gallons a year. With this amount being consumed each year, what effect does it have on the human body?
Coffee is the first thing that people associate with instant energy on a groggy morning. “In the U.S., coffee is king of beverages” (Reinke) Research has been done that has named coffee as an addiction to the people who consume large quantities of it. Coffee was named the top source of antioxidants. This is partly because of the amount consumed each day. Some of the antioxidants that coffee has are quinines and chlorogenic acid. It also contains trigonelline, an antibacterial compound. This is where coffee acquires its delicious aroma. Now let’s step back for a minute and just think about how much caffeine people consume. In an 8oz cup of coffee it has about 85 milligrams of caffeine. This is about double the amount that tea contains. Studies have shown that caffeine stimulates the brain and nervous system. This is where you get that energized feeling. After about the third cup, knees start to bounce, pens are clicking and people start running laps around the office. Caffeine can become addicting if you drink too much. Coffee can become that addictive habit people are unable to shake.
While tea is said to be healthier, it is the second most consumed morning beverage. Why is that? On an average day, only one in five American adults drink tea. The average tea drinker takes in more than twenty times more flavonoid antioxidants per day than non-tea drinkers. So those non-tea drinkers are missing out on their daily helping of flavonoid. Caffeine in tea isn't as much of an issue as it is in coffee.

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