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SOURCE The Tea Council of the USA, Inc.
NEW YORK, June 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world next to water. In fact, on any given day more than one half of the American population drinks tea. In 2012, Americans drank more than 3.6 billion gallons of tea – enough to fill the Empire State Building more than 13 times. Since 85 percent of the tea Americans drink is iced, the U.S. celebrates a love of this healthy beverage every June with National Iced Tea Month.
Tea contains no sodium, fat, carbonation, or sugar, it is virtually calorie free. To top it off, there are decades' worth of research showing that the many bioactive compounds found in tea, called flavonoids, may contribute to overall health. New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition further supports this relationship linking tea with weight management, cardiovascular health, improved bone health, improved attention, problem solving and mood, among others. Highlights of some of the compelling reports published in the AJCN include:
Whether you prefer black, green, white or oolong tea, you are in good company. Peter Goggi, President of the Tea Council of the USA recommends drinking plenty of tea, saying, "not only are many different types of teas available to suit each taste preference, but the amount of quality research being done on tea continues to support the idea that drinking tea can be a fulfilling, healthy addition to your diet."
This June for National Iced Tea Month, cool off with a refreshing glass of iced tea and treat yourself to the beverage's growing list of health benefits.
Get started by trying this refreshing iced tea recipe:
*Note: This recipe uses 50 percent more tea than is used to make hot tea to allow for dilution by ice.
Fun Tea Facts from the Tea Association of the USA:
ABOUT THE TEA COUNCIL OF THE USA:
The Tea Council of the USA is a non-profit association that was formed in 1950 as a joint partnership between tea packers, importers and allied industries within the United States, and the major tea producing countries. It functions as the educational arm of the tea industry with a primary goal of increasing overall awareness of tea by providing information about its many positive attributes. One of the Council's primary objectives is the dissemination of key scientific findings about tea to the public. The Tea Council does this in several ways including: funding scientific meetings to bring tea researchers from around the world together to share key information and identify next steps for future research projects; and working with health organizations and international scientists to disseminate information about potential positive health effects of tea consumption on a public level.
Korinne Leonardis, Pollock Communications
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