Tea consumption in the U.S. has been on a steady rise, due largely to its perceived health benefits, according to the Washington Post. Research suggests that tea consumption helps prevent cardiovascular disease, burn calories and ward off some types of cancer. The Tea Association of the USA said tea purchases have risen nationally for 20 years and away-from-home consumption has grown by 10 percent in the last decade. Supermarket tea sales have surpassed $2.2 billion and a reported 160 million Americans drink tea. Full article.