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Festive Tea Facts

  • January is National Hot Tea Month. Tea also provides wonderful health benefits. Some of the health benefits of tea include lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, prevent or manage Type2 diabetes, and provide flavonoids which are a dietary compound that is naturally found in plants and provides antioxidant activity that protects the body.
  • Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water, and can be found in almost 80% of all U.S. households. It is the only beverage commonly served hot or iced, anytime, anywhere, for any occasion. On any given day, over 159 million Americans are drinking tea.
  • Approximately four in five consumers drink tea, with Millennials being the most likely (87% of millennials drink tea).
  • Approximately 80% of tea consumed in America is iced.
  • Black, green, oolong, dark and white teas all come from the same plant, a warm-weather evergreen named Camellia sinensis.
  • High Tea originated with the rural and working-class British, who would return to their homes at about 6:00 p.m. for a meal of potted meats, fish, cheese, salads, sweets, and a pot of strong tea. The U.S. played a significant role in the history of tea, inventing the tea bag and popularizing iced tea in 1904.