Is Tea Better Than Coffee for a Long Life?

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Do you prefer coffee or tea? The answer to this question might make a difference in your long-term health, according to a new study presented in France.

The seven-year study of more than 130,000 adults concluded that drinking tea reduces non-cardiovascular mortality by 24 percent compared to drinking coffee.

“I think that you could fairly honestly recommend tea drinking rather than coffee drinking and even rather than not drinking anything at all,” Nicolas Danchin, M.D., Ph.D., who presented the study, said in a press release. While tea’s antioxidants may lead to longevity, he also noted that tea drinkers live healthier overall, whereas more smokers drink a lot of coffee.

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Which leaves me wondering which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is it really the benefit of tea, or is it that more tea drinkers don't smoke? Do tea drinkers just have overall healthy lifestyles? In my opinion there are too many questions that can't be answered at this time. Previous research will show numerous health benefits of coffee and, just like tea, it contains antioxidants.

So no matter which you choose, in my opinion your drink is fine. But keep in mind, more is not necessarily better. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety and interfere with your sleep. And if you love a lot of sugar and cream in your coffee and honey in your tea, you might want to put a lid on it. 

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