Essay about Coffee Or Tea Which Is Better?

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Coffee or Tea Which is Better?
Coffee and tea are currently the world’s most commonly used stimulants. Whereas the two are of different chemical structure and composition, they share a common chemical that is caffeine. Tea, for instance, contains caffeine and methylxanthenes such as theobromine and theophylline which are also human central nervous system stimulants. Tea is derived from a plant, Camellia sinensis, which was first grown in South East Asia and used as a beverage. It has over the years been adopted worldwide as a non-alcoholic beverage and a stimulant. Coffee comes from coffee beans, and the most commonly grown species of coffee are Coffea robusta and Coffea arabica. Apart from their common use as non-alcoholic beverages and stimulants, marked differences in their effect on the human physiology have been noted courtesy of their different chemical compositions.
Coffee contains up to 1000 different chemicals. These include a wide range of chemicals, for example, natural compounds such as phenols, hydrocarbons, triglycerides, pectin, nitrogenous compounds, free amino acids, minerals, cholinergic esters, acid esters, aliphatic esters, quinic acids, carbohydrates among other many compounds. Coffee also contains minor chemical components, such as, anthocyanin’s, lignans and theobromine and theophylline which have been identified as metabolites of caffeine. Of these, the bioactive and the most significant ones include caffeine, trigonelline, chlorogenic acid, mineral,…

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