Are you looking to switch from drinking coffee to tea? While both have pros and cons, tea is more popularly known to have various health benefits, ranging from stress relief to restful sleep.
Your interest will surely be piqued all the more once you hear these 10 fun facts about tea. As famous as it is, there definitely are plenty more things you didn’t know about tea.
1. Tea is caffeinated but much less than coffee.
While it’s true that both coffee and tea contain caffeine, tea has way less of it than coffee. An eight-ounce cup of coffee may contain as much as 135 mg of caffeine, while the same amount of tea will only have 30 to 40 mg of caffeine.
2. Tea keeps you hydrated.
Another misconception about caffeinated drinks is that drinking will make you feel sluggish and lazy. However, it’s been established that it’s not only the amount of caffeine you get in a day, but the frequency of when you drink it. As long as you pace yourself, drinking tea should not be a problem.
3. Tea is calorie-free.
If you’re calorie-counting, tea is the perfect beverage for you. Not only is it zero-calories, but it also keeps you feeling full even before you start with your actual meal.
4. A pound of finished tea needs as many as 2,000 tiny leaves.
Like coffee, where and when tea is grown can impact its quality. Even a tiny pouch of tea leaves requires thousands of leaves to maximize the flavor.
5. The American public tasted the first "iced tea" at the World’s Fair in St. Louis.
Tea merchant Richard Blechynden attended the 1904 World’s Fair St with his wide selection of teas. At one point in the day, he got so thirsty, having been outside for several hours already, so he threw lemon into one of his glasses of black tea, which eventually became known as iced tea.
6. Tea can help minimize the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Tea is known for having antioxidants that can help clear the heart’s arteries, thereby minimizing one’s risk of a stroke and heart attack.
7. Tea helps strengthen bones.
Like milk, tea can also be a good source of strength and protection for the bones. Studies have even found that regular tea drinkers for at least 10 years have the strongest bones.
8. Tea contains plenty of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are important in helping repair damaged cells, as well as in boosting our immunity. Tea is known to be loaded with antioxidants, which makes it great as a daily drink.
9. You can get a healthier smile.
Did you know that tea contains fluoride? Yes, that’s the ingredient responsible for keeping your teeth healthy and shining bright.
10. Tea can help boost immunity and avoid cancer.
Tea’s natural properties help boost immunity, protecting the body from catching bugs or viruses that might attack, and even serious diseases like cancer.
These are but some of the more interesting facts about tea. There are plenty more out there, so why don’t you grab a cup from Armstrong Coffee Service and settle in while you read more about it.