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Ask Tufts Experts February 2015 Issue

Q. Because I’ve read about health benefits from green tea and coffee, I’ve taken to adding a teaspoonful of ground coffee beans and the contents of a green tea bag to my oatmeal. Is that equivalent to, or maybe even better than, drinking a cup of coffee and a cup of tea at breakfast?

A. Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, answers: “Eating a whole-grain cereal at breakfast provides a good opportunity to add other healthful ingredients, including fresh or dried fruit and nuts. While many people would accompany this bowl with a cup of coffee or tea, the notion of adding a cup-equivalent serving of ground coffee beans or tea leaves would add some beneficial chlorogenic acids or flavonoids, respectively, to the meal. However, these phytochemicals might not dissolve as readily or completely (an important first step before their absorption in the gut) in your porridge as in a hot cup of the brew.”

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