Is green tea better than coffee? Nutritionists and doctors weigh in

For years, green tea has been considered healthier than coffee. Though most people drink coffee every day, many prefer green tea in the morning.   

Actually, is that true? Since I enjoy green tea, I researched it. Doctors and nutritionists discuss green tea vs. coffee.  

Is green tea better than coffee?

One reason green tea is better? This contains less caffeine than coffee. "An 8 oz. cup of coffee can have close to or over 100 mg. of caffeine, while the same size cup of green tea may have 50 mg.   

or less," says Atlanta primary care specialist Neha Pathak, MD, FACP. For people with particular health concerns, this is vital, but Pathak notes, "the choice depends on personal preference and how your body responds to each drink."  

Another consideration while choosing your morning beverage? What you put to drinks before drinking. "People often drink coffee with cream, sugar and/or flavour syrups,  

What makes green tea good for you?

which add calories and raise its glycemic index, especially before eating," says Denver-based Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Catherine Rall.  

Importantly, green tea isn't necessarily healthier than coffee. significant specialists I spoke to said coffee has significant health benefits. "Coffee is also high in antioxidants, which have been linked with better glucose metabolism and lower inflammation," he adds.  

Is coffee bad for you?

"Studies suggest that coffee boosts energy, mental alertness, and physical performance. She said that it may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's.  

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