Which is better – Coffee or Green Tea?

On this episode of the Healthy Gamer Girl Podcast, we talk about whether coffee or green tea is the healthier option. Is one really better for you than the other? Are either really healthy beverages? What should you drink before a raid? Which one will keep you powered up through seven hours of garrison maintenance?

As a semi-professional coffee drinker, and former barista, I actually found this to be a really cool topic, and I hope you do, too!

Coffee and Green Tea Links:

The previous podcast on caffeine: Podcast Episode 3: Caffeinated Better

WebMD’s take on coffee: http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-buzz-on-coffee 

University of Maryland’s green tea page: https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/green-tea

Men’s Fitness (really) on “crushing” your workouts: http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/crush-your-workouts-coffee

WebMD’s take on coffee as a health food: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/coffee-new-health-food?page=2

Cute infographic and some pretty solid information on tea vs. coffee: http://greatist.com/health/green-tea-vs-black-coffee-greatist-debate

Yup, Men’s health again: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/face-coffee-vs-tea

Mark Sisson on caffeine, green tea and coffee for your health: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/coffee-tea-caffeine-talk/#axzz3VnQbiX11

Another Adorable Coffee Infographic: http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/110

Yet another coffee infographic: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/15-things-you-should-know-about-caffeine-infographic 

3 thoughts on “Which is better – Coffee or Green Tea?”

  1. Great podcast. I had always been a tea snob in regards to which is healthier. On keto though I was doing intermittent fasting so I was having my morning cuppa without food. I notice consistently most with green tea, some with black tea and NOT with coffee that I can’t tolerate it on an empty stomach. I have a horrible spacey feeling and then it feels like a blood sugar crash even though I’m keto-adapted and don’t have any noticeable sugar swings anymore since I’m very low carb. As a result my tea is saved for later in the day and I take my coffee with HWC & no breakfast. Thoughts?

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words, and for listening!!

      I always thought tea was healthier, too, until I was given a work assignment to write about this!

      Hm, I’m not totally sure what this could be, but my first instinct is the l-theanine content, combined with the caffeine. Typically it’s a slight mood boost, but can make people jittery, spacey and even nauseated!

      If you search for the phrase “tea drunk” online, there are also some interesting theories!!

      And I’m a big believer in the fact that keto makes you more sensitive and aware of your body. It could be a combination of things combined with increased awareness!

      1. Thanks. My nausea does fit with the “tea drunk” descriptions. And maybe it is the keto lifestyle that makes me sensitive as I have been a heavy tea drinker all my life. Now I’m cautious and tend more toward coffee.

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