The Bottom Line

If this whole coffee versus tea thing seems a little murky to you, don’t worry!

Bottom line: neither coffee nor tea stands out as a “clear winner” for the healthiest to drink. We’re better off putting this debate to rest and drinking either one, as long as we do so in moderation.

Those last few words are key: “healthy Paleo lifestyle.” The context matters. Which caffeine source you use matters a lot less than how you use it.

We’ve all met the overweight, sedentary office worker who always has dark circles under their eyes and a giant coffee in hand. That’s when it becomes a problem. When you find yourself using coffee or tea as a crutch just to get through the day – usually to make up for lack of sleep, exercise, and a poor diet – you’re better off avoiding them until you fix your lifestyle.

Now imagine a different scenario, one where someone eats Paleo, makes time for sleep and exercise, and just likes to have a few coffees or teas throughout the day. That’s what you want to aim for.

Finally, there’s no reason to force yourself to drink tea or coffee if you’re sensitive to caffeine or don’t like the taste. As great as those antioxidants are, you can get plenty of them from eating delicious Paleo vegetables.

Coffee versus tea is a lot like politics. It’s easy to get so attached to your party of your choice that you overlook some important issues.

By all means, keep drinking coffee, tea, or both if you want. But the most important thing is to consider how you’re using them. Moderate daily consumption, in the context of a healthy Paleo lifestyle, is safe and even provides some cool health benefits.