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Tea vs Coffee - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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What are the main differences between Tea and Coffee?

  • Tea is richer in Manganese, while Coffee is higher in Vitamin B2.
  • Tea's daily need coverage for Manganese is 16% higher.

We used Beverages, tea, instant, unsweetened, prepared with water and Beverages, coffee, brewed, prepared with tap water types in this comparison.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Tea
2
:
5
Coffee
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Copper +450%
Contains more Potassium +172.2%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Zinc +100%
Contains more Phosphorus +200%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Equal in Iron - 0.01
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 1% 2% 2% 4% 1% 1% 1%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 1% 1% 5% 3% 1% 1% 2% 1%
Contains more Calcium +50%
Contains more Copper +450%
Contains more Potassium +172.2%
Contains more Magnesium +50%
Contains more Zinc +100%
Contains more Phosphorus +200%
Contains less Sodium -50%
Equal in Iron - 0.01

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
Tea
0
:
7
Coffee
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +2433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +496.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +1853.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.001
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 1% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 1% 0% 4% 18% 4% 16% 1% 0% 1% 2%
Contains more Vitamin E +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B1 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +2433.3%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +496.9%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +1853.8%
Contains more Vitamin K +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Equal in Vitamin B6 - 0.001

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
0
Tea
4
Coffee
Mineral Summary Score
1
Tea
1
Coffee

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
0%
Tea
1%
Coffee
Carbohydrates
0%
Tea
0%
Coffee
Fats
0%
Tea
0%
Coffee

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Tea Coffee
Lower in Saturated Fat ok
Lower in price ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in Sodium ok
Rich in vitamins ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in glycemic index Equal
Rich in minerals Equal

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Tea Coffee
Low Calories diet Equal
Low Fats diet ok
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet Equal

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Comparison summary

Which food is lower in Saturated Fat?
Tea
Tea is lower in Saturated Fat (difference - 0.002g)
Which food is cheaper?
Tea
Tea is cheaper (difference - $0.8)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Coffee
Coffee is lower in Sugar (difference - 0.02g)
Which food contains less Sodium?
Coffee
Coffee contains less Sodium (difference - 2mg)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
Coffee
Coffee is relatively richer in vitamins
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
?
The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
?
The foods have equal glycemic indexes (0)
Which food is richer in minerals?
?
It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Tea Coffee Opinion
Calories 1 1
Protein 0.06 0.12 Coffee
Fats 0 0.02 Coffee
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 0.17 0 Tea
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.01 0.01
Calcium 3 2 Tea
Potassium 18 49 Coffee
Magnesium 2 3 Coffee
Sugar 0.02 0 Coffee
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.011 0.002 Tea
Zinc 0.01 0.02 Coffee
Starch
Phosphorus 1 3 Coffee
Sodium 4 2 Coffee
Vitamin A 0 0
Vitamin E 0 0.01 Coffee
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0 0.014 Coffee
Vitamin B2 0.003 0.076 Coffee
Vitamin B3 0.032 0.191 Coffee
Vitamin B5 0.013 0.254 Coffee
Vitamin B6 0.001 0.001
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 0.1 Coffee
Folate 0 2 Coffee
Trans Fat 0 0
Saturated Fat 0 0.002 Tea
Monounsaturated Fat 0 0.015 Coffee
Polyunsaturated fat 0 0.001 Coffee
Tryptophan 0 Coffee
Threonine 0.001 Coffee
Isoleucine 0.002 Coffee
Leucine 0.005 Coffee
Lysine 0.001 Coffee
Methionine 0 Coffee
Phenylalanine 0.003 Coffee
Valine 0.003 Coffee
Histidine 0.002 Coffee
Fructose 0 Coffee

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Tea - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/174873/nutrients
  2. Coffee - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/171890/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.