As you may have noticed, at LeBootCamp, we love tea! We already knew that it was healthier than coffee but nothing beats a nice long term study to reaffirm a few convictions!
A wide scale French study, conducted by Prof. Nicholas Danchin from the Unité de Cardiologie (cardiology department) at Hôpital Georges Pompidou in Paris, came to a clear and undeniable conclusion: tea drinkers are in better health than coffee drinkers.
Based on the annual health check-up of 131,401 patients between the ages of de 18 and 95 years old, from January 2001 to December 2008, the study shows that the mortality rate of tea drinkers, save for cardiovascular issues, is 24% lower than that of coffee drinkers.
Research workers divided patients in 3 groups:
group (1) consumed neither tea nor coffee
group (2) consumed between 1 and 4 cups of tea or coffee a day
The data analysis displayed that coffee drinkers had a higher mortality risk than tea drinkers. Interestingly, the percentage of smokers is correlated to coffee consumption. Indeed, only 17% of non coffee drinkers smoked, whereas among those who drank 1-4 cups of coffee a day 31% smoked and 57% of the over 4 cups of coffee a day group were smokers!
If we look at the profile of tea drinkers, figures are noticeably lower: 24% of those who drank 1-4 cups of tea a day smoked and 29% of the over 4 cups a day were smokers.
After closely inspecting all the data resulting from the study, it would seem that several factors contribute to tea drinkers’ superior health: they are more active, they smoke less, they take part in more stress reducing activities, they have lower blood pressure and consume more antioxidants.
This is why I have happily told you for the last 10 years, that a cup of coffee a day was fine, but not more, and encouraged you to explore the rich and varied world of teas including my famous Sobacha or buckwheat tea of course! So when we talk about dietary rebalancing that also includes the rebalancing of beverage!
Your coach @LeBootCamp Diet