The Popularity of Tea
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It may come as a surprise to some that tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water. But, as matter of fact, it is estimated that over 2 billion men and women drink tea every morning.
In the U.S. alone, on any given day, over 158 million Americans are drinking tea, that’s including hot and iced tea. According to the latest statistics, approximately four in five Americans drink tea. That is rather surprising, considering that the U.S. has always been viewed as a coffee drinking nation. Despite these views, at the turn of the century, things began to change and today over 87% of millennials state they drink tea regularly. Granted, the popularity of tea has grown so much in the U.S. that it is now the third largest tea importer in the world, after Russia and Pakistan.
But what has been the force behind the shift from being viewed as a coffee drinking nation to gradually becoming a tea-drinking nation? Let us take a look at the benefits of tea just for a second; perhaps the majority of millennials are on to something. First and foremost, tea is a refreshing beverage that contains absolutely no Sodium, Fat, Carbonation, or Sugar. Virtually, it can be classified as calorie-free.
According to Tea USA, tea contains flavonoids, naturally occurring compounds that are believed to have antioxidant properties. These flavonoids provide bioactive compounds that help to neutralize free radicals, which most scientists believe, over time, damage elements in the body, such as genetic material and lipids that consequently contribute to chronic disease. Let us not forget that tea also helps maintain proper fluid balance, which contributes to overall good health.
Today, more people are health conscious than ever. Which may be the reason why millennials have chosen tea as their choice of beverage. Furthermore, it may very well be the reason why the popularity of tea has been on a steady increase in the U.S.
Further Reading: Tea Association of the USA