We all know the benefits of tea and it is well documented throughout history, but many people might be surprised to learn that there is evidence that drinking tea can have a more significant impact on our health than consuming juice. With more antioxidant power and less sugar than most juices, it’s no wonder why many claims that regular consumption of green or black tea has the ability to fight off cancer cells.
Did you know Emperor Shen Nung from China discovered the benefits of drinking tea in the year 2737 B.C?
The article will explore some research behind these claims and provide tips for how you can incorporate these healthy drinks into your diet every day.
This blog post is intended for anyone who drinks either juice, tea, or both regularly and would like to know which one is healthier for them.
What is the difference between tea and juice?
Tea and juice are on completely 2 different spectrums in my book, and the only similarity they share is, that both have water in them.
Tea is leaves plucked off of the tea plant
Usually consumed cold or hot.
The human body does not easily absorb the nutrients in tea.
Sugar concentration in tea is up to the choice of the drinker.
Commercial tea is dehydrated to discourage bacterial growth.
Antioxidants in tea fight of cancer-causing cells & free radicals.
Varieties of tea help with varieties of diseases.
Juice is a liquid that comes from squeezed fruit
Consumed chilled or room temperature.
While juice is easily absorbed by the body in a matter of an hour.
Commercially produced juices have added sugar.
Commercial juice is pasteurized to kill bacteria, good and bad both.
Pasteurization can cause the growth of cancer-causing chemicals
Varieties of juices contain varieties of nutrients for a healthy body.
As you can see tea & juice is very hard to compare, both have their benefits and disadvantages. But for both cases, the benefit is much more than few disadvantages.
Is juice really bad?
But for juice, I advise drinking freshly made homemade juice.
Commercial juice must go through a process called pasteurization to kill any bacteria that is present in it. This pasteurization process also chemically changes many of the nutrients and oxidizes few of them into Cancer-causing agents (Cancer-Causing chemicals).
In addition, juice usually has a lot of sugar added to it. Although the amount of sugar in juice is similar to that present in the fruit. But while a whole fruit contains many fibers and increases the volume but when that same fruit is converted into juice the volume of juice decreases which increases the sugar content per serving of juice. The lack of fiber in juice can also cause digestive problems.
Why drink juice if it is that bad? Well, I did Bold the word commercial above. so, if you are making your own juice using a juicer at home, you end up with fresh juice, which does not require pasteurization because it is likely to be consumed immediately or in a matter of hours. Hence, the cancer-causing chemicals are not created and you get the full benefits of a fresh juice.
Which one should you choose?
So now that you know the major differences between these two drinks, it is important to know what health benefits can be found in both.
One of the main health benefits of tea is its antioxidant power! Antioxidants are natural compounds that help to fight off free radicals inside of your body. Free radicals cause cell damage and may lead to various diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Antioxidants can help to neutralize these free radicals and prevent cell damage from occurring. This means that antioxidants may be vital in preventing diseases associated with ageing, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
Whereas juice has a lower antioxidant level than tea and it does contain much more sugar. But it contains minerals and vitamins that are not always present in tea. And helps build a healthy body.
If juice was that bad hospitals would not serve them to patients. By choosing to drink your antioxidants from tea instead of juice, you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary sugar consumption.
The best way to get the most out of your tea is to make sure you are using boiling water and avoiding milk and sugar. This will ensure that you are infusing all antioxidants into your drink for maximum health benefits. If you like the taste of green tea but don’t like it cause it is bitter, then there are teas available that are pre-sweetened and taste great with no bitter or added sugar.
What is the best tea to drink?
Just like varieties of fruits contributes to unique flavors of fruit, tea has many flavors as well. Some of the healthiest types of tea include pu’erh , black, oolong, green, and white.
- White Tea – Best tea to fight cancer cells.
- Green Tea – Boosts heart Health and lowers colostrol.
- Oolong Tea – Reduces anexity and increase alartness & attention.
- Black Tea – Combats inflamation & and supports immune system.
- Pu’erh Tea – Cleans toxin and free radicals.
These teas are known as the ” Big Five Teas “. All of these teas are rich in antioxidants, and all help to prevent various cancers & diseases.
What are the benefits of both juices and tea?
The benefits of drinking either juices or tea are many. Both can provide you with great antioxidants that have been shown to fight off free radicals and help prevent diseases like cancer and heart disease. One benefit that both juices and teas share is a greater amount of nutrients than soft drinks.
Soft drinks or energy drinks are loaded with sugar and no vitamins, while juices and teas are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. While both juices and teas can help you get your daily dose of antioxidants, studies have shown that the antioxidant power in tea is much greater than in juice. Both juices and teas contain very little fat, but tea has 0 calories per serving while juice comes in at about 100.
If you are looking to take your health into your own hands by improving the quality of your diet, think about making some simple changes. Instead of reaching for a juice every morning, try having a nice cup of tea instead. Tea will help you get more antioxidants while stressing out your body less and helping avoid any unnecessary sugar intake.
If you are not suffering from any kind of diabetes then juice along with tea are excellent options to maintain a healthy body. I drink juice to avoid falling ill and drink tea to recover from any free radicals the body produces during the day.