It's been a debate for centuries: tea vs coffee. Most people fall vehemently on one side or the other, while some will drink both, depending on the circumstances. Is the only difference a matter between personal preference and opinion, or are there real differences?
Pros and cons of tea
One of the biggest pros of tea is the variety. There's green, black, oolong, herbal and white, to name just a few. If you like variety, tea will give you that.
Each kind of tea has its own health benefits. Green is good for weight loss, and has a small amount of caffeine, while some herbal varieties can help with everything from lowering blood pressure to helping you sleep. Tea can help reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes and cuts the risk of ovarian cancer.
On the other hand, tea can stain your teeth - of course, so can coffee, so that's a tie. It can also cause you to overconsume sugar. Many people feel a need to sweeten tea, but you generally just dump in a spoonful or two without thinking about how much it is. Do this with several cups a day, and you could easily consume more sugar than you should. If you buy a premade tea, it's almost guaranteed to have too much sugar.
Tea can also inhibit iron absorption. If you're anemic, tea could make it worse.
Pros and cons of coffee
Coffee can help you burn fat, helping with weight loss. Drinking coffee is associated with a lower risk of depression in women, and a decreased risk of stroke in both men and women. It can also reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's.
The downside to coffee is that the caffeine content can cause restlessness and trouble sleeping. If you have high cholesterol and drink unfiltered coffee, you may increase your cholesterol levels even more.
It can also be toxic. Coffee can have many impurities and a single bad bean can make your cup toxic, leading to a general feeling of illness or a headache.
Tea vs coffee: what do most people prefer?
80% of homes have some form of tea in them, indicating that more people drink tea than coffee. Some countries consume far more tea, as a whole than others. Uzbekistan, for example, almost exclusively drinks tea, while Guatemala is at the other end of the spectrum and almost exclusively drinks coffee.
Some people find the taste of coffee to be too bitter, while the options available with tea make it possible to find something smooth and sweet on the tongue. Those who are looking for something to increase their energy levels and focus may choose coffee over tea because it contains more caffeine.
In the end, choosing between tea vs coffee is really down to personal preference. You likely prefer the flavor of one over the other. If you like both equally, then you simply have to look at the benefits you'd like to receive, and decide which one best provides those benefits.