Tea vs cof­fee

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If there’s one thing foot­ballers love nearly as much as a cheeky Nan­dos, it’s pre-match caf­feine. But which of these hot drinks will give you an edge?

Health kick

You can’t beat a good old-fash­ioned cuppa ahead of a game. But tea does more than warm your in­sides as you take to a muddy pitch in the Sun­day morn­ing cold; it helps to keep you in tip-top shape. A Har­vard School of Health study re­vealed the sub­stances called polyphe­nols that are found in tea can con­trib­ute to low­er­ing your risk of de­vel­op­ing car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease and di­a­betes. How­ever, if you value your CR7-es­que gleam­ing white smile, drink plenty of wa­ter with your Earl Grey. Pig­ments from dark drinks can be­come em­bed­ded in your tooth enamel, caus­ing dis­coloura­tion – not what you want when you’re smil­ing with the man-of-the-match tro­phy.

1“White and green tea have health ben­e­fits as their anti-ox­i­dants pre­vent cell dam­age,” ex­plains elite sports nu­tri­tion­ist Liam Holmes.

2“The lower caf­feine con­tent found in tea means there's less chance of dis­rupted sleep which could de­lay re­cov­ery af­ter a match.”

3“Tea will give you a boost but there is far more re­search show­ing how cof­fee boosts men­tal and ath­letic per­for­mance.”

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