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Coffee v. Tea

By Carly Hensel

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Protective against Type 2 Diabetes, researchers at UCLA found that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding, globulin. In contrast, through laboratory and animal studies, it was found that polyphenols in green tea decrease tumor growth. But which is better for your health?

Coffee is beneficial in many ways. For instance, coffee protects against Type 2 Diabetes. Researchers at UCLA found that drinking coffee increases plasma levels of the protein sex hormone-binding globulin, which controls the biological activity of the body’s sex hormones that play a role in development of Type 2 Diabetes.

The Harvard School of Public Health did three studies. They had the diet of each participant evaluated with questionnaires every four years, and participants who had reported having Type 2 Diabetes filled out additional questionnaires. It was found that 7,269 study participants had Type 2 Diabetes. In addition, researchers also found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a 4-year period had an 11% lower Type 2 Diabetes risk over the four years, compared with people who did not change their intake. (medicalnewstoday.com)

Green tea has not consistently proven a decrease in Type 2 Diabetes. Some studies have shown a lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes for green tea drinkers than for those who have consumed no tea, but others have found no connection between tea and diabetes at all. In like manner, according to the National Cancer Institute, the polyphenols in green tea decreases tumor growth. This was found through laboratory and animal studies.

One large-scale clinical study compared those who drink green tea, and those who do not. It was found that those who drank the most tea were less likely to develop pancreatic cancer, peculiarly women, who were 50% less likely to develop the disease. In addition, studies have shown positive impacts of green tea on bladder, breast, ovarian, colorectal, esophageal, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancer. (medicalnewstoday.com)

It has not been scientifically proven which beverage is healthier, but both have benefits to the human body and help reduce diseases we can develop. The Blazer staff posted two Twitter polls, one asking which of the two beverages people drink more and the other asking which beverage people think is most beneficial to a person’s health. The results showed 77% drink more coffee and 23% drink more green tea. 89% of people think green tea is more beneficial to your health while 11% think coffee is. Now it’s your turn to share your opinion and see other’s.

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Is Coffee or Tea more beneficial?

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