Food, Health

Green tea or coffee: what works for me

Rob Pavacic

Recently, I made the switch from coffee to green tea for a few reasons. I think I’m just going to list those reasons below:

  1. Coffee has too much caffeine: When comparing the two, it seems 1 cup of coffee has 3x the amount of caffeine than 1 cup of green tea. For the last two to three years, I have been downing 1 to 2 cups of coffee every morning to get my day started. Prior to my job in the city, I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker at all. It was only recently that I made the switch to green tea. The differences are noticeable. I no longer get the jitters or the crash. My energy of levels seem to remain stable throughout the morning and afternoon. The one thing I’ve noticed is that coffee tends to curb my appetite for a bit longer compared to green tea.
  2. Coffee is highly acidic: This is something I knew, but did not think about often until I started experiencing issues. When going on Keto, you do try to actively reduce calories and especially carbohydrates where and when you can. At on point, I decided to replace milk for creamer. Eventually, I removed creamer altogether and drank coffee straight black. While it did force me to drink only 1 cup of coffee in the morning instead of 2, my body had trouble coping with the change. Definitely experienced some early signs of teeth staining and acid reflux. After a few months, I convinced myself (finally) that this would not be sustainable long-term and called it quits.
  3. Green tea is beneficial for weight loss: I’ve heard stories of people going on diets and drinking only green teas resulting in weight loss. Was never sure if it was the tea or the diet that helped them most. With green tea, it seems the weight loss is primarily attributed to EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). This compound boosts your metabolism and breakdown of fat. It also prevents the formation of new fat cells. From my experience so far, I have not seen a major reduction in weight loss, but my weight has stabilized even on days when I don’t follow my traditional regimen (cheat days).
  4. You can mix things into green tea: Not sure if this is just me, but I have found it pretty difficult to mix in things into coffee that are low calorie and don’t mess with the flavor too much. As an example, I’ve tried bulletproof coffee before and more often then not, it tastes like you’re drinking straight cacao powder sometimes. As I learn more about optimizing my diet to maximize ketogenesis, I’ve begun looking at anti-inflammatory ingredients to incorporate into my diet. With the switch to green tea, like with coffee I’ve completely removed milk or dairy additives. But in its place, I’ve supplemented with tumeric to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties and to also help manage my blood sugar levels.
  5. I can have multiple cups of green tea: This last one is really related to my first point about caffeine. Due to the low levels of caffeine in green tea relative to coffee, I’m able to drink multiple cups in the morning while keeping my mental state in check and remaining focused. As I have done when drinking any caffeine based drink, I make all attempts to not drink caffeine passed 12 in the afternoon because of its half life in the body which can range up to 9.5 hours. Drinking green tea ensures I can have multiple cups without impacting my sleep cycles later in the day.

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