There's a lightly caffeinated trend brewing in America. Though Americans like to “spill the tea”, they are still behind the curve in tea consumption in comparison of the rest of the world. The numbers have increased 40% in the last 10 years. Coffee consumption has remained the same but Tea consumption has increased. Americans do love their black tea, but Green Tea and Herbal Tea are on an upward trend. Americans also love their iced tea quite a bit. Despite the country's growing interest in tea, Americans are very much still amateurs on a per capita basis. The average American drinks just over half a pound of tea per year, which is barely enough to crack the top 35 worldwide. Turks, by comparison, drink nearly seven pounds per person per year; the Irish drink just under five pounds per person per year; and the English drink just over four. 80% of the average American households do have some kind of tea in the home, whether loose-leaf, bagged or iced.
Americans are finding the health benefits of tea along with the relaxing ritual of drinking tea. The health benefits of tea include detoxifying body, weight loss, boosting immunity and mental alertness, preventing heart diseases, arthritis, managing diabetes, and delaying the aging process. It also helps prevent hair loss, fight fatigue, depression, cancer fighting, and treat dental issues and much more.
Organic loose leaf tea is the best option. The tea is fresh, cream of the crop, and the most flavorful. Loose leaf tea will keep in the right package or container for about 18 months without losing flavor or goodness. Tea bags pre-packed that you find in the stores have an aluminum staple, the bags are questionable, not sufficient room for the tea to expand, usually the poorest quality of tea, and they have been packed for years before making it to your home.
If you have made the health switch of adding tea to your daily diet, then do yourself a huge favor and drink loose leaf tea. There are many infusers and silken bags to use when brewing your tea, along with brewing systems that help add tea to your daily life. It is worth it!