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Coffee vs. tea smackdown: Which is better for your health?

By Anahad O’Connor, Aaron Steckelberg and Garland Potts

04 Oct 2022 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

The Washington Post pits coffee against tea in a contest for healthiest drink. A clear winner emerges. We don't want to be spoilers, so we won't tell you the outcome. But coffee lovers may be pleased.

Do you start your mornings with a potent dose of caffeine from a freshly brewed cup of Joe? Or do you prefer a slightly less caffeinated nudge from a warm and gentle cup of tea?

Whatever your preference, scientists have found that regularly drinking coffee or tea can provide a variety of health benefits. But how do coffee and tea compare in a head-to-head matchup? We took a look at the research, and here's what we found.

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