Canada Celebrates Iced Tea Month for the First Time!
Summer is around the corner and iced tea is a healthy way to hydrate
TORONTO, ON – June 1, 2017 – This June, for National Iced Tea Month, cool off with a glass of refreshing iced tea and celebrate all of the health benefits it has to offer.
As a whole, leading a healthy lifestyle is top of mind for many Canadians with more than half (51%) of consumers saying they’re eating healthier than they used to, 59% saying they’re actively purchasing healthier foods, and 38% reporting they exercise regularly (Nielsen, Happy Healthy Home Survey 2017).
Whether you prefer black, green, oolong, white tea, or herbal tea you are in good company. Tea is a delicious and healthy choice, and it is widely available. Tea is inexpensive and easy to make at home by the glass or the pitcher! Iced tea can be made from teabags or loose leaf tea.
Did you know that after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Staying well hydrated is so important to good health since losing as little as 1 to 2% of body weight from fluids can impair physical performance and our ability to think.
On hot summer days what’s more refreshing than grabbing a cool drink? Enjoy hydrating with iced tea! Canada’s Food Guide suggests you satisfy your thirst with water as a great-tasting calorie-free way to help you stay hydrated. This is especially important in hot weather or when you are active. Since tea is 99.5 % water, it can count towards your fluid intake for the day – plus it tastes great!
Make it Healthy
Making iced tea at home is easy, and there are so many flavours to choose from! Opt for a healthy version by sweeting your brew with your favourite fruit. Think outside the cup and get creative!
- Place 2 g of tea or 1 tea bag per 8 oz of water in pitcher
- Steep for appropriate time (based on tea type)
- Add ice
- For extra flavour add your favourite fruit, such as lemon, lime, orange or even peaches
- Pour a glass and enjoy!
Tea for Life
A single cup of tea is steeped in healthy benefits that can help refresh and revitalize all Canadians. Drinking a cup of tea everyday can lower blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels, and can aid in overall heart health. The secret to tea’s health benefits? Flavonoids – dietary compounds found naturally in plants that protects the body through antioxidant activity. A single cup of tea has 750x more flavonoids than a cup of coffee, and 6x more flavonoids than a cup of orange juice.
Louise Roberge, President of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada recommends sipping plenty of tea this summer to stay cool, refreshed and healthy. According to Louise, “There are many different types of teas available to suit each person’s taste, and 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.”
For more information about tea and the Canadian tea industry, please visit www.tea.ca
About the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada
The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada is the leading authority and industry voice on all things tea in Canada and represents members from bush to cup. We provide proactive leadership in the areas of advocacy, generic promotion, education and information in order to ensure the long-term viability of the tea industry. We serve as the number one source of information, research about tea and offer the only TEA SOMMELIER® Certification program in Canada (delivered through colleges and online). We are passionate about tea and dedicated to increasing awareness of quality tea and its health benefits to Canadians. Visit www.tea.ca for more information, Like our page on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
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416-510-8647 (ext. 2)