Tea is found to rehydrate as well as water does, rather than dehydrate as previously thought.
Tea has fluoride which helps protect your teeth from plaque and possible tooth decay.
Tea is good for your bones.
Flavinoids (a certain class of antioxidants) in tea are believed to help prevent cell damage, and possibly reduce your chances of heart attack.
Be a little careful, though, because tea can impair iron absorbtion, which is bad for people who are at risk for anemia. The solution is to avoid tea at mealtimes. Instead, drink tea at tea time. (duh!)
No word on the health benefits of cucumber sandwiches with the crusts cut off, but who doesn’t love those?
As my daughter likes to point out, the Tea Act and subsequent boycott helped make coffee popular here in the colonies way back when. Perhaps enough years have passed that we can stop throwing tea into the harbor and start drinking it again.