By Lee Billings, published on January 1, 2006 - last reviewed on June 9, 2016
Most Americans can't greet the day without a caffeinated kick in the pants, usually in the form of coffee.
Research has shown that coffee has health benefits, despite its bad reputation. Lately, news reports extolling the benefits of tea—particularly green tea—have java lovers wondering whether they shouldn't switch teams. But is tea better?
PT pits the brews head-to-head.
Tea = 6 Coffee = 4
The Bottom Line: Everyone should drink either coffee or tea, says Joe Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Both beverages are brimming with disease-fighting antioxidants.
If you're not choosy, drink tea. Says Vinson, "It's unquestionably better for your heart and has hardly any negative