Gently awakened

Drink tea or coffee? Is no longer a fundamental decision. Researchers have found that both prevent diseases.

“The way to heaven is through a teapot,” says an English proverb. Now the question is, are you in such a hurry? If not: Congratulations to all tea drinkers! Because they are less likely to develop osteoporosis, cancer or cardiovascular diseases, as a US research team from Chicago and Bethesda has now discovered. This is gratifying because, as a rule, everything that is fun is either life-threatening, addictive or makes you fat. Conversely, everything that is considered healthy seems to be exhausting. Or inedible.

But while others pant while running, sweat in the gym and nibble on celery sticks, fans of green or black tea can relax and devote themselves to their passion. Although one must correctly admit that caffeine is said to have a similarly positive effect. In fact, researchers at Tianjin Medical University in China found that whether people drink two to three cups of coffee, three to five cups of tea, or a combination of both a day, it doesn’t matter: the risk of stroke or dementia decreases .

The difference lies more in the inner attitude. Coffee junkies get their heart rate up with two double espressos to even make it from bed to the bathroom in the morning. Tea drinkers, on the other hand, take their time for a ritual, sip, enjoy. While the screeching of the grinder in a fully automatic coffee machine causes your heart to race, the tea ceremony wraps itself around your soul like a fluffy blanket: throw a few hand-plucked tips of tea leaves into the pot and pour sparkling water over them. Watch the rising steam. Wait. To drink tea.

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