1280px-Coffee_and_tea_in_Rantepao_TanatorajaPeople across the world can be roughly divided in to 2 groups: tea lovers and coffee addicts. The US is a coffee nation, but the UK and many parts of Asia are firmly rooted in tea culture.

That said, many people enjoy both drinks.  We decided to compare them from the nutrition aspect, just for kicks.

What you need to know:
Both coffee and tea contain virtually no calories when mixed with water. For many people the “straight” taste is too bitter or incomplete, so they must add sugar and/or cream. But the actual tea leaf or coffee bean is virtually calorie-less. With no fat, no sodium, and no carbs – where can you go wrong?

Both beverages have caffeine. Coffee has about twice as much as tea for a comparable cup of hot drink. Caffeine in reasonable amounts during the day (3 cups of coffee or six cups of tea) is considered healthy for most people, as it helps accelerate the metabolism. If you work out in the morning, a quick cuppa joe before your 2 mile jog will help you perform better.

Coffee has some B vitamins, potassium and other minerals. Tea is high in manganese, folate and potassium. Both add a bit of nutrient goodness to your daily mix.

The main reason tea has become so popular in health circles is the cancer-fighting antioxidants that green tea purports to provide our bodies.

So will it be a burning-hot espresso at 7am, or 4 o’clock Earl Grey?

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