Food & Nutrition

11 Things that Might Happen to Your Body if You Switch from Coffee to Tea

Both drinks have their benefits, so here’s what to expect if you want to cut back on coffee.

Your teeth might get brighter

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Coffee is notorious for staining teeth, so switching to tea could make your smile brighter, especially if you stick with white or green tea. “Your teeth won’t get stained as much, which people often don’t think about,” says Sonya Angelone, MS, RDN, CLT, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokesperson. Here are the 7 things that happen to your body when you drink coffee every day.

You could lower your cholesterol

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Drip coffee removes compounds called cafestol and kahweol, but unfiltered coffee, like French pressed coffee or espresso, retains them. Those compounds may increase “bad” LDL cholesterol, which could up your risk of heart attack and stroke. “A lot of people drink unfiltered coffee because they don’t think of espresso as unfiltered,” says Angelone. Swap out those coffee drinks for tea, though, and your cholesterol may improve. Don’t miss the amazing health benefits of green tea.

You might get headaches

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Depending on how sensitive your body is to changes and how much caffeine you’re used to getting, you could feel withdrawal symptoms if you cut down during your switch from coffee to tea. “It usually happens when you have a significant change like cutting it out, but it could happen as well if you just cut down,” says Angelone. After your body gets used to the change, though, those symptoms will go away.

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