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Kopi vs Teh, which is better?

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Some love kopi (coffee), some love teh (tea), and some kiasus in-betweens can’t make up their mind (that’s me). The Kopi gang and Teh gang face off in this epic battle of coffee vs tea, which is better?

 

The battle begins…

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*squirrel commentator* it was a tough fight between Kopi and Teh, both are badly wounded, and as they face off in the final battle… ooh kopi is down, 3, 2, 1 aand… no, Kopi is back up and lashes out a last punch! *DING DING* KOPI WINS!

 

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Don’t get me wrong, both drinks are great, and research did not show that one is better than the other, but here is why I decided that Kopi is the overall winner.

 

Kopi and Teh are high in antioxidants, but Kopi has more

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Filtered black coffee has almost twice the amount of antioxidants than green or black tea. This means that it is able to fight cell damage and protect DNA damage better than tea. These antioxidants improve health and help reduce the risk of several diseases.

But remember, it’s not the same antioxidants as the ones in fruits and vegetables so you got to eat your greens! Have some bearylicious with your favourite morning (or afternoon) cuppa!

 

Kopi and Teh helps to reduce the risk of many diseases

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There’s too many studies and research on this to list them all! But to name a few, moderate coffee and tea intake (1 – 2 cups), both help to reduce your risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, liver cirrhosis, and esophageal (throat) cancer.

 

Kopi may help you concentrate better

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We all know that coffee helps us through times of the dreaded midnight oil. Coffee contains a slightly higher amount of caffeine than tea and a study has found that coffee helps to increase alertness and helped to improve the performance of simple tasks.

 

But it’s bad for people who are sensitive to caffeine

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Caffeine at high doses can increase anxiety, jitteriness, and insomnia so if you want a good night’s rest, limit your coffee intake to two cups a day or have decaffeinated coffee or tea instead.

 

Kopi could help improve sports performance

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Some studies have shown that the caffeine in coffee may help to improve an athlete’s performance in endurance events, but no concrete evidence have shown that it helps strength exercises like powerlifting.

 

But Teh wins the battle sometimes…

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A study has found that drinking 2 – 3 cups of coffee daily increases the risk of lung cancer while drinking more than 2 cups of black tea did not increase this risk. Interestingly, people who drank 2 or more cups of decaffeinated coffee had a lower risk of lung cancer!

 

How should I drink my Teh or Kopi?

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It’s actually not about which of the two is better, but more about what you add into your drink. If you can, drink them neat or a small teaspoon of sugar if you must. Keep your Kopi or Teh intake at 2 cups daily, or up to 3 or 4 cups of tea a day.

 

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Ha, ha, ha. Very funny.

But if you’re not much of a Teh or Kopi person in the morning…. find out which is better – Milo or fresh milk?

 

Leah, or better known as the Wonder Woman behind 'nutritionist approved' claims at Boxgreen, is a lover of all things food. She will do anything for Matcha bribes.

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