The coffee-versus-tea debate might just end in a draw. New research has found that coffee and green tea may protect against DNA damage (in other words, keep your body young). The coffee camp points out that it is one of the richest sources of polyphenols in the Western diet. And it’s those compounds that protect your body from oxidative stress, according to a study published in Mutation Research/Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis. Specifically, researchers from the University of Vienna, Nestlé, and the University of Belgrade found that drinking about three cups of java may reduce free-radical damage by 12 percent.
But before you shun your cup of green tea in favor of liquid black gold, remember: This super elixir can do the same. Recent research in the British Journal of Nutrition suggests that drinking two cups of green tea daily for one month will reduce oxidative damage to your body by 20 percent. Bottom line: Whichever you choose — green tea or coffee — you’ll be keeping your body young.