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Richard Green
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I drink three coffees a day - recently I changed it to 1 coffee and 2 teas a day. I was just wondering, which is more bad to health? Tea or coffee? Any ideas?

P.S: I am referring to the black tea (not the green tea).


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Srikanth Basa
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Coffee is more dangerous to health.
Chetan Parekh
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Originally posted by Srikanth Basavaraju:
Coffee is more dangerous to health.


..if you are not drinking with your GF


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Svend Rost
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Im not sure. However, I dont think that drinking 3 cups of either
coffee or tea can be _that_ unhealthy.

I normally drink 1 cup of coffeem 1 cup of tea and then juice or water. I
try to stay away from sodas.. which can be hard as we have free drinks here!
Jesus Angeles
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A doctor/expert guy in Oprah said, coffee is good to health.
Peter Rooke
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Coffee, lots of it� But you can�t imagine how difficult it can be for an Englishman visiting the US. They automatically assume that you only drink tea. As soon as any waiter hears your accent they pour out a cup.

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Originally posted by Peter Rooke:
"Brown bread, why does anyone eat brown bread? To me, brown bread is like a frisbee. But, apaaarently, it makes you live longer. How long do you get? You get a fortnight.

But you don't get the fortnight when you're 35. Ohhhhhh no, you get the fortnight when you're ninety in an old people�s home, can't stand up straight and smell bad. And you're thinking: 'oh no, not another fortnight, someone - please throw me out of a window��
-- Billy Connelly (with swearing removed).
Most people are decrepit at 80. But it seems to me that most people who live to 100 were unusually spry and vigorous at 80. So you do get the extra years in the middle.
Ganpi Srinivasan
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everytime i read a new "study" on CNN / MSNBC I am more interested in who sponsored the same. Last time a "research group" came out with the study mentioning drinking coffee is bad for health, I found out that the study was sponsored by a lobbying group for Tea industry!!

so nowadays i dont feel guilty while drinking my "Venti Caramel Macchiato" from *bux.. dont give a damn abt these studies..as long as i maintain my daily morning workout schedule i shud be fine...
Maureen Augustus
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I find that coffee is generally too acidic and harder on my stomach than tea.

However, it's the caffeine that'll get you in both of them. Regardless of which one you choose, you should drink extra water to counteract the diuretic effect of the caffeine.


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Coffee! Coffee! Where is it dammit! Gawd, I can't find my cup. Dear sweet Jesus where is it? where is it? Ahhhhh! I need it! I need it!

Ah, found it.

All better now.


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Deepak Bala
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Tea ! i just love tea. I love to lie back and sip tea and then drift off to sleep on week ends. ahhh... week ends.


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marc weber
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Originally posted by Lynette Dawson:
...which is more bad to health? Tea or coffee? ...

It depends.

Not only does it depend on exactly what (and how much) "tea" or "coffee" you're drinking, but also on your genetic makeup and lifestyle -- that is, your "predisposition" to any risk factors that might be magnified or mitigated by the beverage.


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Chetan Parekh
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Forget Tea and Coffee. Start drinking Camel Milk.

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richa shah
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Tea suits my body better than coffee...but I like my tea the indian way...with lots of milk and sugar
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When you say 3 coffees a day, are you talking cups or pots?

Either way, it's still not enough for me.
Sunil Kumar Gupta
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Originally posted by richa shah:
Tea suits my body better than coffee...but I like my tea the indian way...with lots of milk and sugar


Same with me


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Dave Lenton
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I have a confession to make. I don't like coffee. I'm not even that keen on tea. In fact I normally go several weeks at a time without any caffeine intake at all. Does this disqualify me from the IT community?

On the other hand....

Originally posted by Peter Rooke:
"Brown bread, why does anyone eat brown bread?"
I love brown bread, it has so much more flavour then white bread. The best kinds are the ones with all sorts of bits on the top - seeds and wotnot.


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Vijay Vaddem
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I start my day with Milk....
then a cup coffee half past 10 and then a cup of tea in
the evening...

Greg Charles
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From what I've heard, but may have jumbled:

Coffee has health benefits (fights cancer, liver disease? something like), but decaffeinated coffee works just as well.

Green tea has many health benefits (because of anti-oxidants?) and, according to my co-worker, it will absorb carbohydrates and so lead to weight loss.

My own preference is for green tea. Black tea makes me jittery, and coffee is just bitter and nasty, unless of course it's mixed, Vietnamese style, with condensed milk and served over ice.
Vikram Kohli
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Originally posted by richa shah:
Tea suits my body better than coffee...but I like my tea the indian way...with lots of milk and sugar



shame here


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Svend Rost
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
I have a confession to make. I don't like coffee. I'm not even that keen on tea. In fact I normally go several weeks at a time without any caffeine intake at all. Does this disqualify me from the IT community?


Well.. not only that - but you also disqualified yourself as an englishman with your second comment
Peter Rooke
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go several weeks at a time without any caffeine intake at all
- only thing is quite a few foods and medicines contain caffeine..

Isn't Java named after a brand of coffee??
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I like tea.......
Yesterday i went to tea shop with 500/- note........
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Svend Rost:
Well.. not only that - but you also disqualified yourself as an englishman with your second comment
Woops.

It gets a bit embarrassing when I have relatives coming to stay. Often I start off badly by forgetting to offer them a fix for their addiction (I'll be listing healthy things like water, juice and beer while they start to shake with caffeine withdrawal symptoms), and then things get worse when I realise my tiny jar of coffee hasn't been opened in three years and all the granules have stuck together. This actually happened - I have bought only two small jars of coffee in the last six years, and both of those are because the last one went manky.
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Dave

I hope I can be like you. I dont think Ill get pass through 10am, without coffee.
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Originally posted by Peter Rooke:
Isn't Java named after a brand of coffee??


It comes from the name of a coffee shop I think. Originally the language was called Oak, after an oak tree outside James Gosling's office. There were some copyright issues with that, so they changed it to Java. I forget the exact story, but they decided on the new name while drinking coffee, and the shop might have contained that word, or it might just be a reference to java being a slang word for coffee.
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Well coffee is more fun, but when you need to drop 5 lbs., a switch from coffee to green tea is pretty effective!


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Jesus Angeles:
I dont think Ill get pass through 10am, without coffee.
This is partially why I don't drink tea (or smoke either), as I know that I would probably get addicted pretty easily and would rather avoid the cost and the negative side effects.

It does have a down side though. When everyone else is using caffeine to wake themselves up in the mid-afternoon slow period, I feel pretty tired. Bananas are quite good at waking me up, but I imagine that caffeine would work better.
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Not addicted to either, but I drink a cup of tea in the morning as soon as I get to work - goes well with the toast (that�s my breakfast).

During the day I might have a cup of coffee or two, depending on how busy I am, but again, its not a full cup of black coffee or anything - its like quarter cup of real thing topped up with frothy milk. It tastes nice, but I wouldn't drink too much of it because coffee stinks! More than two cups of coffee during the day will keep me awake all night! No fun!


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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
It does have a down side though. When everyone else is using caffeine to wake themselves up in the mid-afternoon slow period, I feel pretty tired. Bananas are quite good at waking me up, but I imagine that caffeine would work better.


Don't know if it's true but according to a 'Did you know' feature on our intranet, apples are more efficient at waking you up than caffeine


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Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Joanne Neal:
Don't know if it's true but according to a 'Did you know' feature on our intranet, apples are more efficient at waking you up than caffeine
I may give them a try. I normally avoid apples at work because they're quite sticky. I just know that I'd spill apple juice onto my keyboard and then end up spending the rest of the day cursing at it. I guess you could say that bananas have pipped apples to the top of my fruit list.
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Originally posted by Dave Lenton:
I guess you could say that bananas have pipped apples to the top of my fruit list.


If you are going to come out with comments like that, I think you should give up coffee, bananas and apples and go back to sleep.
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http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/coffee.htm

http://www.webmd.com/content/Article/80/96454.htm

I do like coffee..and drink twice a day..
Dave Lenton
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Originally posted by Joanne Neal:
If you are going to come out with comments like that, I think you should give up coffee, bananas and apples and go back to sleep.
I'd have to peel myself away from Javaranch first.
Dave Lenton
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Perhaps it doesn't really matter if you get your coffee in the morning or not:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/08/the_odd_body_power_of_suggestion/

Scholey reported to the British Psychological Society in 2000 on his study of the psychological effects upon drinkers of caffeinated and decaffeinate coffee.
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The researchers found that, as predicted, subjects who drank [caffeinated coffee] were faster and more accurate on a computerized test - but only if they thought they had been given [caffeinated coffee]. Subjects who drank [caffeinated coffee] but thought it was [de-caffeinated coffee] performed less well.
Most interesting of all, subjects who thought they had drunk [caffeinated coffee], but in reality had drunk [de-caffeinated coffee], performed on the tests as if they had really had drunk [caffeinated coffee].
 
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