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Every morning, you get to choose: coffee or green tea?

To make the healthiest choice, you just have to remember two things:

  1. Acrylamide – BAD
  2. EGCG – GOOD!

Coffee is a known source of acrylamide, a well established carcinogen that is produced when coffee beans are roasted. Acrylamide is highly addictive. You’ll also find acrylamide in French fries, potato chips and other highly processed, overcooked and fried starchy foods as well as cigarette smoke.

Many health conscious people have stopped smoking and avoid fried foods but do not understand that they are still exposing themselves to a known carcinogen by drinking coffee every day.

Don’t think you can lower your intake of acrylamide by switching to decaffeinated coffee – decaf has even higher levels of acrylamide. You can read a list of foods high in acrylamide at this link.

Green tea and also white tea are a known source of EGCG, Epigallocatechin Gallate, an antioxidant polyphenol that has been studied for treating cancer, hardening of the arteries, brain aging and blood sugar control.

Most people choose coffee or tea as a means of boosting our energy naturally.

Both coffee and tea contain caffeine. There is generally less caffeine in green tea than coffee, between 95 to 200 mg in an 8-ounce cup of coffee versus 24 to 45 mg in the same amount of green tea. Black tea has even higher amounts of caffeine – between 14 and 70 mg in an 8-ounce cup – but contains far less EGCG.

If you are devoted to coffee, you may be able to get around the acrylamide issue by using green coffee, which has not been roasted.

Both regular coffee and green coffee contain chlorogenic acid, a phytochemical also found in eggplant that is known to help with fat metabolism. The roasting process destroys most of the chlorogenic acid, so green coffee contains more.

Overall, you will receive more health benefits by choosing green or white tea. White tea contains less caffeine than green tea, about 15 mg per serving versus 20 mg for green tea.

The National Cancer Institute says that the polyphenols in tea have been shown to inhibit tumor cell proliferation and to induce apoptosis, also known as cancer cell suicide. 

In addition, tea may protect you from UV radiation, boost your immune function and support your detoxification process.

Because coffee is so addictive, you will wan to wean yourself off of it over time.

If you are a long-term coffee drinker, I recommend cutting your consumption by half every week and substituting the rest with green or white tea. So, for example, if you drink 2 cups of coffee every day, drink 1 cup of coffee and 1 cup of green or white tea the first week. During the second week, reduce your coffee to 1/2 cup and fill up with green and white tea instead.

When you want to boost your energy, choose green or white tea over coffee and find yourself feeling healthier day by day.