-Tea Versus Soda-

What do you choose to drink on a daily basis, and does it matter? Our bodies are made up of about 60% water by weight, so hydrating the body through beverages is an important part of keeping our bodies healthy. Taking in fluids throughout the day helps to replace water that is lost through various body processes such as sweating, urinating, breathing and metabolic processes.


So, which type of fluid is best to replace all that water loss? Some will choose to drink various types of water like purified, spring or artesian, others will choose to drink sports drinks, coffee or juice. However, two popular drinks in America today are tea and soda. Let’s take a look at which might be the better choice…


Tea


TEA is from the Camellia Sinensis plant and comes in various types such as black, green, white and oolong. The difference between these types of tea comes from the way they are processed.



Black tea is withered which allows water to evaporate out of the leaf and the leaf absorbs oxygen from the air which causes oxidation of the tea. This oxidative process results in the dark brown or black leaf with a deeper flavor and higher caffeine content when compared to other tea types. Some benefits of black tea consumption include reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) through its flavonoid content; reduced risk for diabetes; and protects against periodontal disease through its antibacterial activity against major periodontopathogens, among other benefits.


Green tea is slightly withered after picking, and the oxidative process is quickly stopped by steaming the leaves rapidly. Some benefits of green tea consumption include cancer prevention through