Tea or coffee, which is better?



Why are coffee or tea good to lose weight?

Tea and coffee have slimming properties because they both have caffeine (= theine). Caffeine is a natural stimulant of metabolism and fat burner, which contributes to favour to slim in weight loss diets.

However, caffeine also produces the following mainly effects:

  • Exciting.
  •  Nervous system stimulator
  • Mental alertness and wakefulness promoter.

* See: Properties of caffeine

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Picture of tea with tea leaves.

Tea is most recommended for weight loss than coffee

Tea is advised when weight loss is desired because, besides caffeine, contains catechins which increase the slimming and antioxidants effects.

Black tea, for instance, is one of the most caffeinated teas, but it provides half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. Although tea contains half the caffeine than coffee, its catechins collaborate in the slimming properties

The caffeine (or theine) that tea gives us has a gradual effect, because it is absorbed more slowly than the caffeine in coffee.

This property makes the effects of tea not to be so immediate as those of coffee, and, at the same time they last more time. Because you feel “full” for longer, you do not experience anxiety or need to craving for food.

Other advantages of tea against coffee

Tea also brings antioxidant polyphenols and minerals that help fight bad circulation, cholesterol, fluid retention and edema, being more appropriate when there is obesity.

Among the types of tea, green tea is most recommended than red tea because its caffeine and catechin content is the most balanced.

In spite of the beneficial properties of tea, we must not forget, that all drinks with caffeine, taken too often or in high doses, can cause insomnia, palpitations or heartburn.

* More information: How to prepare a good tea.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 April, 2020

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