Tea is not just a delicious beverage, it also has a few health benefits. Whether it’s piping hot or iced, tea has become a popular beverage, especially in the U.S. The below infographic outlines just how much tea is consumed throughout the country and how everyone is benefiting from it.
An average of 51 percent of Americans are drinking tea every day, with 85 percent of consumed tea being iced. Most of the tea consumed (85 percent) is black, with 14 percent being green tea and a mere 1 percent that is white or oolong tea.
Tea bags account for 65 percent of tea that is consumed. Twenty-five percent is ready-to-drink iced tea and 10 percent of tea consumed is either loose-leaf or instant.
Most importantly, however, are the many health benefits that come from drinking tea regularly. Tea helps burn calories, boost the immune system, suppress the appetite, regulate cholesterol, strengthen bones, and fight cancer, heart disease, viruses and bacteria. What’s more, it is also rich in antioxidants and vitamins.
Compared to coffee, tea has 15 to 70 mg of caffeine in every cup and helps slows the onset of type 1 diabetes. Meanwhile, each cup of coffee contains 80 to 185 mg of caffeine and lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Tea serves as protection for the heart and contributes to weight loss goals. Coffee protects the liver and helps improve short term memory.
Learn more about the tea consumption in America in the infographic below. Are you an avid tea drinker?
(By Marissa Brassfield for CalorieLab)
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