Tea vs coffee
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?
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.”