Drinking water vs Tea

That’s right — Dr. Ruxton told BBC that sipping tea all day may be even better for you than drinking water

The nutritionist told the news outlet,

Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water. Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.

Ruxton’s study (which was, full disclosure, funded by The Tea Council) was done to dispel some of the rumors going around that suggested tea dehydrates the body and potentially has a negative impact on your health because of all the caffeine in it. The nutritionist told BBC that, according to her and her colleagues’ findings, black tea doesn’t dehydrate you at all, even if you make what you think is a "really strong" cup of the stuff. She explained,

Dr. Ruxton added to the BBC,

Studies on caffeine have found very high doses dehydrate and everyone assumes that caffeine-containing beverages dehydrate. But even if you had a really, really strong cup of tea or coffee, which is quite hard to make, you would still have a net gain of fluid.

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The difference in taste is minimal

This might annoy a lot of people, and I’m okay with that. There is a bit of a taste difference between microwaved tea water and kettle-boiled tea water, yes.

If you fail to heat the water enough, your tea will be faint in taste, and you’ll see a whitish foam on the top of the liquid. That means your tea hasn’t properly brewed.

Heating an already brewed tea is the worst idea, though, even if it might not seem so. This is because whichever way you heat it (microwave or kettle) you will ruin the flavor even more.

Best to just brew another cup and be sure you’re getting it hot.

Now you might meet people who swear the kettle imparts a certain flavor that a microwave never will. Maybe it does. I certainly have never found a clear difference, but then again it also depends on how sensitive you are to taste and flavors.

I for one know I am, and I still didn’t notice much of a problem.

Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The “coverage” chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Drinking water
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5 Tea

Contains more Iron +∞% Contains more Magnesium +100% Contains more Phosphorus +∞% Contains more Potassium +∞% Equal in Calcium – 3 Equal in Sodium – 4 Equal in Zinc – 0.01 Equal in Copper – 0.011

Drinking water Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 0% 1% 0% 0% 1% 1% 4% Tea Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 4%

Contains more Iron +∞% Contains more Magnesium +100% Contains more Phosphorus +∞% Contains more Potassium +∞% Equal in Calcium – 3 Equal in Sodium – 4 Equal in Zinc – 0.01 Equal in Copper – 0.011

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is. Vitamin Summary Score

Mineral Summary Score 1

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Popularity

Coffee is extremely popular in the United States. 63% of Americans consume coffee daily and the average American drinks 23 gallons of coffee every year.[3][4]

Coffee consumption in America over the past 100 years

History of Tea vs Coffee

Both coffee and tea have legendary pasts, including wars that have been waged for access to these products. Tea was discovered by the ancient Chinese ruler Shen Nong, when a fateful leaf fell into his boiling water.

The history of coffee began much later and is believed to have been first cultivated in Arabia near the Red Sea in 674 A.D. The story of Coffee dates back to the 1400s, when a Yemeni shepherd named Kaldi noticed that his sheep began to act unusually frisky after eating berries from an unfamiliar plant. Curious, Kaldi picked one and popped it into his mouth. Within a few minutes, he was as hyperactive as a kid. He told of his discovery of this stimulator to scholars who used it to keep awake, and then someone made a “tea” out of it (“tea” out of coffee fruits without the bean is still known in Yemen and has a similar, but milder effect). The story says that then one day someone dropped a bean into the fire by accident, and thus coffe was born. Mocha, an old yemeni port, was the first and for a long time the only place to export coffee, hence the name “Mocca Coffee”.

Tips for Enjoying Tea to Maximize the Perks

If you start your morning or end your day with a warm cup of tea, it’s only natural to wonder if there’s anything you can do to make it even healthier. The truth is that plain brewed tea is a naturally healthy and low-calorie beverage. It’s what is commonly added to tea that can make it a less than ideal choice. If you’re adding spoonfuls of honey, sugar, or cream to your tea, it might be time to revisit your brewing routine. Because these ingredients add lots of calories, sugar, and fat with no nutritional value, it’s best to skip them or limit them as much as possible. Similarly, if you’re reaching for a bottled iced tea, check the nutrition facts first to be sure there isn’t any added sugar.

Final thoughts

I hope I helped clear up the main difference between microwaving and boiling your water for tea. I know people are going to have their specific methods and swear by them, and they’re all very right to do so.

Still, tea is tea and water eventually boils no matter which way you take it there. Best to just focus on enjoying what the tea brings you. A peaceful relaxing moment, and a great-tasting beverage to sip on wrapped up in a blanket.

If you want to know more about coffee or tea, feel free to check the related articles below. Who knows what else you might find ?

The Benefits of Tea

Now, what about tea in our tea vs. water challenge? As a healthy beverage, tea offers some additional benefits in the form of these lovely little helpers called antioxidants – substances that help protect our cells from damage and disease. You’re probably most familiar with the antioxidants Vitamins C and E. The antioxidants found in tea are called polyphenols and pack a punch with potent anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting power.

For example, check out this article on the beneficial wonders of honeybush tea. This tea has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels, stimulate insulin secretion to balance metabolism, and promote the regeneration and protection of damaged cells.

Haven’t tried a honeybush tea yet? Give Evening in the Garden a test drive and I think you’ll be pleased as punch. It begins with fresh elderflowers – a unique herb not as often used in teas. Paired with lemon peel and rose petals to add a floral zing, it’s both refreshing and relaxing, with a touch of vanilla essence to finish.

Since most teas – except for the herbals – have some caffeine, one could contend that the caffeine is a drawback when it comes to tea vs. water. Some teas have more caffeine than others. Black teas have the most, while green and white teas will have lower levels of the speedy stuff. Of course, with herbal teas, one can reap the benefits of drinking tea while avoiding any negative impact from caffeine.

A delightfully healing brew is Pears and Cinnamon

A delightfully healing brew is Pears and Cinnamon herbal tea. This warm and comforting blend even has historical significance. When Spain’s most revered mystic poet, St. John of the Cross, was kidnapped in 1577, he was imprisoned for 10 months before escaping. Near death due to dehydration and starvation, he sought refuge in a convent where the nuns nursed him back to health with warm pears and cinnamon.

Feeling a bit of emotional whiplash? Earl Grey tea may just hold the answer for you. This is a black tea that is flavored with oil of bergamot, which has been used in aromatherapy to support stress relief for a very long time, and with good reason. Bergamot is a type of orange that mainly grows in Italy and France and is said to be a hybrid of lemon and bitter orange plants. It’s been found that the oil supports feelings of relaxation and reduces stress.

Back to our tea vs. water debate. There used to be a belief that the diuretic effect of tea counteracted the hydration qualities, but this has since been debunked. You may have to make more trips to the restroom if you’re tossing back tons of tea, but you’ll also be hydrated.

It turns out that both tea and water are very healthy choices! The combination of a few glasses of fresh water alternated throughout the day with a few hot cups of tea will be sure to jumpstart your hydration levels.

And as with everything in life, it’s about balance. When it comes to choosing tea vs. water, tuning in to your healthy hydration is a great way to give yourself some extra love.

Here’s What You Should Do Instead

Even though tea is an incredible beverage with many benefits, excessive intake is not recommended.

Apart from the effects that caffeine can have on your body, another thing to keep in mind is that certain components of tea are known to cause drug interactions with drugs like rosuvastatin (a drug used in cardiovascular diseases), sildenafil (commonly known as Viagra), and tacrolimus (used in dermatological conditions mostly, like eczema).

So if you are on any of these drugs currently, you might want to avoid this beverage due to the risk of drug interactions and reduced efficacy of the medication.

Instead of completely replacing water with tea, we recommend keeping both in your daily routine. Too much is not good, but a moderate amount will give you great benefits that you will not want to miss out on.

To maintain a balance, keep a maximum of three to four cups of tea per day in your diet. For the rest, the healthiest option is to just drink water.

You can get a fruit infusion bottle, cut some fresh fruits like strawberries, lemon, and cucumbers  and combine it  with water. The juices of these fruits will flavor the water naturally.

You can also go for natural coconut water (not the heavily processed and sweetened ones).

Remember, getting your daily requirement of fluids from different sources will keep your liquid intake interesting!

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