Is it safe to consume tea and coffee simultaneously?

March 8, 2024 | 10:00 pm PT
I habitually enjoy tea and coffee together every morning. Is there an impact on my health from consuming both of these beverages at the same time? (Hung, 28, Dong Nai)


Several studies indicate that ingesting a moderate amount of caffeine can assist in managing conditions such as memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, metabolic syndrome, and fatty liver disease. However, because of the effects of caffeine on the brain, consuming a large quantity of coffee can lead to a dependency on or addiction to the beverage. As a result, excessive consumption of coffee is not recommended.

A person holding a cup of drink. Illustration photo by Unsplash

A person holding a cup of drink. Illustration photo by Unsplash

For individuals who are sensitive to caffeine, tea may offer a suitable alternative to coffee. Tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid known for its calming effects, which can help soothe the nervous system while keeping the mind alert.

Both tea and coffee are sources of antioxidants, primarily polyphenols, which not only give them their unique flavors but also contribute to health benefits. The antioxidants present in these beverages can aid in energy boost, weight management, and increased alertness.

Mixing tea and coffee is a matter of personal choice and is generally considered normal.

Dr. Dinh Tran Ngoc Mai

Nutrition - Moderation Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at HCMC's Medical Center

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