As beverages go, there’s a really good chance you drink either coffee or tea. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, and if you are one of these people you probably already know you’re of a rare breed.
But, provided you do drink one or the other (or both), how do you fare in comparison with statistics gathered near and far? Let’s find out.
<strong>Tea Most Popular Worldwide</strong>
By the numbers, tea is actually the most popular manufactured beverage in the world. The most reliable statistics estimate there are about 3 billion cups of tea consumed around the world per day. In comparison, coffee drinkers slurp up around 2.25 billion cups – a close race when you’re dealing with such big numbers.
Of course, one could say it’s not a fair fight since you can get about 200 cups out of a single pound of loose tea, and there is merit in the argument that wider availability may give tea an advantage. But, all we have are the numbers. The rest is better speculated upon over a cup of tea. Or coffee. And speaking of ...
<strong>Coffee More Popular in America</strong>
In the land of plenty, the data skew in favor of the hallowed bean. Statistics Brain reports that 54% of Americans over 18 drink coffee, while CalorieLab puts the number of Americans who drink tea at 51%, which means some people are drinking both. Even so, it would appear coffee is more popular than tea in the U.S.
When considering the global popularity of tea, the reason for America's love affair with coffee may be attributed to more aggressive marketing. Everybody is hawking coffee these days, whereas you can probably count one hand how many times you've seen a billboard for amazing tea. But, once again, the debate is best left in the coffeehouse (or lonely tea parlor).
<strong>Health and Addiction</strong>
Caffeine may indeed wind up as the world’s last legal drug, if only because billions of people are hopelessly addicted. But, along with the caffeine comes good news. Both tea and coffee are believed to have health benefits if consumed in moderation, but the question is – what is moderate? An even better question might be what is too much, but no one can agree on either issue.
The white coats at the Mayo Clinic will tell you that more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee per day can result in negative side effects, although it’s still not enough to be a danger to your health unless you have a preexisting condition. When it comes to tea, The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition seems to think that if you keep it to <em>less than a gallon a day</em> you should be fine.
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