Tea Vs. Coffee
Coffee beans grow on trees, are hand picked, washed and ROASTED (burnt at high temperature). Natural color of the coffee bean is green or red (see http://coffeebean.com/coffee/harvesting.html
). After roasting the color turns into black (like burnt
wood). The molecules are damaged & distorted. In
essence you are drinking burnt beans - void of any natural nutrients.
is the common name of Camellia sinensis -the "Chinese Camellia"- a
flowering evergreen shrub native to southern China. "Tea" is also the
name of the processed dry leaves
of this shrub and the infused beverage produced by soaking these leaves
in hot water. This means that different tea varieties, i.e. green tea,
oolong, etc., are all derived from the same plant
(see question 2) and, further, that "herbal tea" is a misnomer since
tea itself is a herb and any other herbs, therefore, are not
tea. (source: http://www.tributetea.com/faq.asp#1 )
Q: "What are the health benefits of tea?"
A: Scientific research suggests that tea is beneficial to health in many significant ways:
- Epidemiological studies have shown a correlation between drinking
black tea and lower incidence of heart disease, probably because the
polyphenols in tea prevent the peroxidation of low-density lipoproteins
(LDL or "bad cholesterol"), which is the precipitating factor in the
development of arterial plaque.
- Although epidemiological studies remain inconclusive, laboratory
studies strongly suggest that tea inhibits tumor growth. It has
properties, although there may be other reasons for its effect. Most
research has focused on the prevention of lung, throat, and
gastrointestinal cancers, but evidence also suggests a positive effect
on skin and liver cancer.
Nutritional - Puerh and oolong teas have been shown to lower cholesterol levels,
although green tea has not been shown to have the same effect. Tea may
also protect teeth, as it can contain fluoride, as well as inhibit
glucosyltransferase, the enzyme that helps bacteria adhere to teeth,
thus leading to tooth decay.