Have you ever wondered anything about Tea or Coffee? Like which of the two is healthier or which one tastes better or even which has more caffeine. In this short essay, I will not only explain where they came from or how much caffeine they hold but also how healthy it is to consume these items or where the limit is to these products. I believe health-wise and flavor-wise tea is superior.
The Birth Of Tea- Tea was accidentally created in China in 2737 BC When the Chinese emperor Shen Nong, a herbalist, was sitting under a tree while he had a boiling pot of water.
During the boiling of the water, a Camellia Sinensis leaf fell into the pot creating the first pot of tea. The emperor tried this infused water, and as we know it that was the beginning of tea. There was no telling whether this story was true or not because it was just a legend, but multiple sources say something close to or similar to this story, But tea remains a huge mystery that could come from China or India.
Another belief of the origin of tea as it was from India and founded by Prince Bodhi-Dharma, a saint from India who traveled to China in sought for practicing his zen in 520, the saint had a goal to meditate for nine years straight without sleep. Soon after one of his meditations he fell asleep, he was so mad at himself that h,e cut off his eyelids.
His eyelids hit the ground and it is said that a tea plant sprouted from that spot because of his sacrifice. Of course, this is a myth or folktale of Indian culture, So tea remains a mystery.
Herbs That Make Tea- The legend about the Camellia Sinensis leaves that fell in emperor Shen Nong’s pot, are tea plants! Camellia Sinensis is known for being a tea plant from the evergreen family. Camellia Sinensis are small herb plants that are grown in China and are used to make green and white tea, they can also make black tea and oolong tea. The Camellia Sinensis is native in the Assam region of India as well as being in china. The herb grows well in climates of low temperature and grows on steep mountain slopes.
Health and Taste- Believe it or not, tea has a huge variety of flavors, they range from herbal tea to gourmet tea. The flavors are unbelievable for how many choices you will find! Here are a few that I found from a website called celestialseasonings.com, they have the normal green and black tea. Some more exotic flavors are black cherry berry and candy cane lane, country peach passion, and Madagascar vanilla but I think my favorite flavor is peppermint. Now speaking in health terms we already know that tea is helpful to the mind and “soul” but there could be health risks, not because of what it’s made of but what the process of preserving it is.
Most teams like the Red Tea which is native to Turkey are not used pesticides to keep rodents away. If there is a little bit of pesticide in your tea that could put you at a health risk. A study claims that when a human digests pesticide for over a time the tea could get deadly. Unfortunately the brand Celestial Seasoning puts so much pesticide in their tea that it’s almost in 91 percent of the teas they are selling. It’s bad because it exceeds the law for the amount of pesticide allowed in food/beverages. Pesticides can also cause cancer which just makes it scarier to be consuming them regularly. But as bad as that sounds, not all tea is produced with pesticides and there is only a chance that there is pesticide in your tea even if there is pesticide contained in your tea it has to be under the legal limit which restricts it from being lethal.
Teas such as peppermint tea can improve your memory, oolong tea can make you lose weight, green tea helps the heart and black tea gives you good breath. Tea is mostly good, but given the people making it are too lazy to do their job correctly, they ruin tea with pesticides. Now we move on to coffee.
The birth of coffee- Coffee is like tea in many different ways like it’s a source of caffeine, and people like the beverage after a long day or early in the morning but just like tea coffee is a mystery. All we have to explain where coffee came from is an Ethiopian legend, a legend about how a goat herder accidentally found the coffee bean in a mysterious tree. The Shepard was near a mountain when he noticed his goats were very energized after eating some mysterious berries, The herder gathered some of these berries to show to his abbot at his local monastery, they created a drink with those berries and after drinking the solution he found that he was able to stay awake during the morning prayers. He spread the word of these berries to the other monks who then spread the word even further and then everyone knew about the berries. The berries spread around the world, people in the Arabian peninsula such as Syria, Persia, Egypt, and Turkey. Coffee shops were everywhere in Arabia and were even known as the wine of Araby. Then coffee spread to other areas in the world such as Europe then finally in New Amsterdam. After New Amsterdam popularized coffee they began to send plantations all around the world.
Health risks and health gains- There are many kinds of coffee most of them containing caffeine or some decaf. Many people in America and around the world love coffee. Coffee can lower your chance of getting type 2 diabetes. Coffee can make you gain weight and some can make you lose weight. Some coffees or too much coffee can be dangerous. Some coffees can cause anxiety or psychosis.
Conclusion- Both coffee and tea are great beverages that can be healthy or unhealthy. I think tea can be healthier if there were no pesticides, I also think tea is more flavorful. But technically other than too much caffeine there isn’t much wrong with coffee. So my conclusion is that both tea and coffee are both healthy and unhealthy.