Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Coffee, TEA or Kool Aid?

You no doubt have read about the TEA Party. From the opponents we hear it is racists, hateful, and astroturf rather than grass roots. From the supporters it is patriotic, fiscally responsible and made up of ordinary Americans. The liberal left in an attempt to counteract the growing influence of the TEA Party has created the Coffee Party.

The Coffee Party doesn't just think Tea Partiers are unhelpful. The party thinks they're a threat to the democratic process, and suggests it's a civic duty to oppose them.

Taking their name from America's favorite beverage, this group is trying to capture the energy and effectiveness of the TEA Party. But perhaps they should have thought out the name of their new movement a bit more before they chose it.

In the match between tea vs coffee, you may expect there to be a clear winner. The truth is however, that coffee and tea remain two very different beverages that do different things for different folks.

First off, one is made from the leaves of a plant called Camellia sinensis, and the other is made from a bean.

When it comes to health benefits, tea will always beat coffee, especially white and green tea. This is not my opinion, it is a fact! And I'm sure I can get a lot of scientists to back this up.

Tea has more antioxidants per cup than coffee does, and also contains less caffeine. There is no need to put up a boring chart explaining the differences, so instead I'll put it this way.

A cup of black tea has half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee, and a hell of a lot more antioxidants such as flavonoids, catechins, and tannins. Coffee does not have as much as these properties present, but does have its share of minerals.

Oolong, green, and white tea have even less caffeine and even more antioxidants. In fact, white tea has shown to contain the highest levels, and is one of the best sources when measured by volume for antioxidants in the world! So if drinking for your health, tea will always beat coffee.

This is a good analogy for the TEA Party versus the Coffee Party. It's too late for the Democrats, they've already drunk the Kool Aid.

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