Infographic: Why Coffee & Tea Are So Good for You

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10/31/2012 6:00 AM   :  61 comments   :  34,049 Views

Editor's Note: Coffee, tea and caffeine. Sometimes you hear how horrible they can be for your body. Other times you're told that you're not drinking enough of them. What's the truth?

Today we are excited to share a fun and interesting infographic about the health benefits of coffee and tea from our friends at Greatist.com.

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  • 61
    No image for me. - 8/26/2014   10:30:17 AM
  • 60
    Image isn't working for me either. I am using my IPad. - 6/7/2014   11:55:29 AM
  • KZINRRET
    59
    Great info, but image isn't working. I'm using Chrome on Windows 7 if you want to log the error. - 4/14/2014   7:52:56 PM
  • TZH715
    58
    I like coffee and tea. Now I know tahat I can't drink too much of either one. Thank you. - 2/16/2013   2:11:10 AM
  • GMAGEE
    57
    Thanks for the info. But more than that, what a great graphic! I'm a professional graphic designer, so really appreciated the look and layout of this artwork and the way it presented the information. Beautiful. - 11/28/2012   11:22:48 AM
  • 56
    I love green and oolong tea. - 11/7/2012   7:25:56 PM
  • 55
    I LIKE GREEN TEA. - 11/7/2012   4:40:51 PM
  • 54
    Insightful! - 11/7/2012   11:19:27 AM
  • 53
    Loved this!! And I love my soy latte's1 - 11/4/2012   9:12:20 PM
  • 52
    I'm more likely to want something to eat with a cup of tea, so I drink more coffee. It seems to deaden my craves. - 11/4/2012   10:04:33 AM
  • KANNUK
    51
    Great article, I drink herbal tea when craving something sweet. I drink the tea and set the timer for 20 minutes, if the craving doesn't go away I have a treat. More than 90 percent of the time the craving goes away. - 11/4/2012   7:34:20 AM
  • 50
    Best Blog Ever!! Yay for coffee and tea!! - 11/3/2012   10:06:10 PM
  • 49
    Good article I really enjoy coffee but I find I can drink too much of it. - 11/3/2012   8:23:01 PM
  • 48
    Not enough info on decaf coffee (I cannot do caffeine, as I have a heart rhythm issue). So, does the decaffeinated kind have any benefit(s)? - 11/2/2012   2:38:41 PM
  • 47
    I hate coffee. I drink tea only to avoid the taste of water. I certainly buy decaf tea. - 11/2/2012   1:44:17 PM
  • 46
    Great information and I loved the format! - 11/2/2012   1:32:04 PM
  • 45
    Very interesting!

    My first step in my healthier lifestyle was to cut my coffee/tea intake to 2 cups per day and to cut the sugar in each cup by half. I have stuck with this self-imposed "rule" for over a month, but as cooler weather has come in I have been craving hot tea in the later afternoon. Since I am under the recommended maximum daily caffeine intake, I may just give in to that craving ever so often.

    I love the herbal teas from Celestial Seasonings and cold/tepid white tea. Never have been a fan of green tea.

    It's nice to know I can occasionally indulge in an extra cup or two of tea in addition to my morning coffee and not affect my health goals. - 11/1/2012   11:56:21 PM
  • 44
    Awesome work! Great blog put together nicely! Thank you, for the useful info!
    - 11/1/2012   11:25:59 PM
  • 43
    That was really interesting - thanks - 11/1/2012   10:56:23 PM
  • AMBER461
    42
    I drink green tea a lot but I seldom drink coffee. Once in a blue moon I would drink tea or coffee. Thanks for the information. - 11/1/2012   8:04:42 PM
  • 41
    Thanks for the information!
    I love coffee, I have cut back to 1-2 cups most days.....
    so I still get a taste or two without overdoing it!!! - 11/1/2012   7:49:57 PM
  • DP3590
    40
    Nicely done, Thank You. - 11/1/2012   3:43:28 PM
  • 39
    coffee is my go-to drink in the morning! Tea is my drink to have before bed! All these facts and images were a lovely way to start my day! - 11/1/2012   1:29:46 PM
  • TFAY511847
    38
    I found this interesting. Great graphics too! :) I learned, personally, that avoiding all stimulants is best. When I used to drink a lot of coffee (Starbucks lattes &/or regular from home), true, it did seem to help me mentally, BUT that is because I was addicted to it & my body was relying on the boost of energy!!! If you NEED coffee to "wake up" in the morning, that means you are addicted. :( Coffee &/or other stimulants can affect your stress hormones/adrenals which can be bad news. Hormonal/chemically causes the body to react as if it is stressed. No caffine is best! For more info read: Patrick Holford's "The New Optimum Nutrition Bible!" Patrick Holford is a well known Nutritionist in London who has been around since the 1980s. He has written many books & has his own Nutritional Institute & was originally a psychology major who was introduced to Nutrition so he is well versed in functions of the brain!!! Good stuff! ;) - 11/1/2012   1:28:31 PM
  • 37
    Awesome article

    For me I cannot give up my flavored cream but can now do without the sugar with my coffee so I have only one cup of coffee - if that and then drink green tea the balance of the time. - 11/1/2012   12:56:43 PM
  • 36
    Nice graphics! - 11/1/2012   12:55:02 PM
  • 35
    Love, love, love my tea - all kinds - black, green red, white, you name it I drink it -- like how this blog put everything in nice easy to follow summary of the two drinks - 11/1/2012   12:19:49 PM
  • SPARKLETTES
    34
    I love tea, black and green and have it every day. However, I do have 2 to 3 cups of coffee in the AM to wake up with. I save one of those cups of coffee to drink, black, just before leaving the house to go to the gym. It always helps with my stamina ! - 11/1/2012   11:57:05 AM
  • 33
    Would have been nice to include info on decaf, too - 11/1/2012   11:48:45 AM
  • 32
    Great article! I like both, but definitely drink more coffee. - 11/1/2012   11:32:00 AM
  • 31
    According to Dr. William Li, Coffee and tea are on his list of foods that are anti-angiogenic, stopping the out of whack creation of blood vessels to supply cancerous tumor growth or feed fat cells. Check out his talk on "Can We eat to Starve Cancer?" at Ted.com. - 11/1/2012   11:01:43 AM
  • CLAYLADY001
    30
    I love strong coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon but don't drink more than three cups of any of it per day and ususally don't drink tea but now and then especially on a cold winters day I like a hot cup of tea in the afternoon.May (if I can find it at the grocery) try white tea sounds very healthful. - 11/1/2012   10:48:13 AM
  • 29
    I like the fact-based approach of this article. For me coffee and tea were both acquired tastes. I tend to drink them more to warm me up when the weather is cold. I drink them more the older I get for the health benefits (especially tea). - 11/1/2012   8:48:33 AM
  • 28
    I love my coffee, live for my morning coffee. I love a good latte, but save it for a special treat. - 11/1/2012   8:42:48 AM
  • 27
    I'm deffinately a coffee drinker...But...
    Now I'm going to be a tea drinker, also. Increase Insulin activity ??? That's for me !!! - 11/1/2012   7:37:43 AM
  • BRYNNET
    26
    I drink mostly green tea and sometimes other tea, but I have to be careful with regular tea, because sometimes it tends to lower my blood sugar level. - 11/1/2012   7:15:19 AM
  • DEL-AND-COMPANY
    25
    Love me some coffee, coffee, coffee!!! - 11/1/2012   6:40:25 AM
  • 24
    I love tea, but I do not drink very often, maybe I should drink it more :) - 11/1/2012   6:35:42 AM
  • 23
    I would be helpful if the SP Nutrition Tracker would track caffeine as one of our options. - 11/1/2012   3:32:57 AM
  • 22
    I had the gastric sleeve done at the end of June. Had upset stomachs most of the time and the one thing that helped was hot tea at nite. Now I drink it anyway with a little splenda. Cut my morning coffee from a huge cup (usually two soup cup size) to one normal size cup in the morning. - 10/31/2012   11:14:03 PM
  • 21
    MACCBOW, Your comment looks like you have had enough for today! LOL!
    Just kidding. - 10/31/2012   10:48:07 PM
  • 20
    L O V E COFFEE!!!!!
    LOVE COFFEE!! LOVE COFFEE!!
    LOVE COFFEE!! LOVE COFFEE!!
    LOVE COFFEE!! LOVE COFFEE!!
    What else can I say??? - 10/31/2012   7:32:34 PM
  • 19
    Validation is so nice - LOVE coffee
    - 10/31/2012   6:34:34 PM
  • 18
    Thanks for the great info. I'm so glad I don't have to give up my morning coffee! - 10/31/2012   3:31:52 PM
  • 17
    i love that im reading this while i drink a cup of white tea haha. i make my own tea mixes using dried herbs. - 10/31/2012   2:22:13 PM
  • 16
    The piece mentions white as being the tea with the most antioxidants, but that is only partially true: matcha (powdered green tea) provides more than white, and although it is not technically TEA (i.e. made from the leaves of the true tea plant), hibiscus herbal "tea" has even more than that -- in fact, the most of any beverage out there! (They are all good in my book, though.) :) - 10/31/2012   12:58:51 PM
  • CMWARDRN
    15
    I love both my coffee and my tea. Thank you for the helpful info. - 10/31/2012   12:38:34 PM
  • 14
    Both coffee and regular tea with caffeine make me get the shakes with only part of a cup. Therefore, they are not good for me. I drink herbal teas without caffeine. I do eat a small amount of chocolate. - 10/31/2012   12:09:20 PM
  • 13
    Great information while I'm up early this morning! Time for a cup. - 10/31/2012   9:07:31 AM
  • LOOKINGUP2012
    12
    Saw your comment below. Cinnamon is so good for you. Dr Eric Braverman eats 1 teas daily. Loved this blog. I'm a coffee drinker. I always heard caffeine requires extra calcium. - 10/31/2012   8:10:34 AM

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