Are You A Coffee Or A Tea Person?

Your choice of caffeinated hot beverage can say a lot about your personality, according to a US study of 2,000 people. The survey revealed that creative, introverted types tend to prefer coffee in the morning. Tea drinkers, on the other hand, are far more likely to be adventurous extroverts who are fond of a late night.

So, what’s your morning brew? Everyone tends to have a ‘go to’ beverage that sets them up for the day, with 75% of respondents having their first cup before 8am.  As well as being sensitive arty types, coffee drinkers were also more likely to be light sleepers who described themselves as ‘always’ being punctual. Tea drinkers, meanwhile, are ‘average’ sleepers.

Tea boozers are also more likely to have a sweet tooth, with 35% adding sugar to their brew, compared to just 4% of coffee drinkers. The deciding factor that separates the sheep from the goats appears to be caffeine, however. Coffee connoisseurs preferred a morning ‘caffeine buzz’, while tea drinkers preferred a gentler wake-up call.

Indeed, tea can have soothing properties, and some varieties even have proven health benefits. Maybe buzzy extrovert types enjoy the calming contrast of tea, whereas sleepy introverts need something to help them feel alert.

Whether you enjoy tea or coffee more, a recent Japanese paper that was published in the British Medical Journal revealed some remarkable findings. The study examined the relationship between drinking green tea, or coffee, and a person’s lifespan. All the individuals in the study suffered from life-limiting type-2 diabetes.

4,923 patients took part in the study, who were registered with the Fukuoka Diabetes Registry. They were questioned about their consumption of green tea and coffee, and the usual medical checks, such as blood pressure, BMI, and height and weight measurements, were carried out.

During the 5-year follow-up period, 309 participants died. Among those who drank 1 cup of green tea a day, the risk of death was reduced by 15%, and 4 or more cups per day reduced the risk of death by 40%. Meanwhile, 1 cup of coffee per day lowered the risk of death by 12%, and 2 or more cups of day lowered the risk of death by 41%.

The study was observational, meaning that there were factors other than drink consumption which could have influenced life span. However, there is proven scientific evidence for the health benefits of both beverages. Green tea contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are important for the body to help protect it from oxidative stress, which is the production of potentially dangerous molecules. These damaging molecules can trigger the production of cancer cells, and lead to the development of other terminal diseases, such as diabetes, dementia, and cancer.

The caffeine found in coffee is also an antioxidant, and the drink contains other beneficial substances, such as tannins, proteins, and oils. Studies have found that a moderate intake of 2-3 cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of heart disease, neurodegenerative disease, and stroke.

So, whether you prefer tea or coffee (and of course many people like both) you can enjoy your brew in the knowledge that you are also taking good care of your health.

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