Caffeinated Cities

National Survey Ranks Dallas as the Fifth Least Caffeinated City

Norwalk, Conn., Jan. 13, 2009 –The second annual HealthSaver Caffeinated Cities Survey, commissioned by HealthSaver, a national emerging health care discount service, found that Dallas is the fifth least caffeinated city in the country, compared to 19 other major American cities. That’s compared to 2007 when Dallas ranked sixth. In this survey, Tampa ranked No. 1 as the most caffeinated city, while Riverside/San Bernardino is the least caffeinated.

Contributing to Dallas’ new ranking is a decrease in soft drink consumption. Respondents were the 12th most likely to report drinking caffeinated sodas daily, compared to 2007’s No. 2 ranking. Dallas residents, tied with Baltimore, were also the least likely to report drinking energy drinks daily and second least likely to consume chocolate, increasing caffeine intake.

The HealthSaver 2008 Caffeinated Cities Survey, released today, was conducted to determine the caffeine consumption habits and attitudes of consumers across the U.S., and to learn more about cultural views and health benefits of this morning pick-me-up, afternoon alert booster and late-night indulgence.

“With the advent of rich, high-end coffees, soaring popularity of energy drinks and national fascination with green tea, our HealthSaver Caffeinated Cities Survey has brewed up some very interesting trends, findings and results,” said Brad Eggleston, vice president of HealthSaver. “This groundbreaking research is an important tool to help educate about the health benefits of moderate caffeine consumption in the United States.”

The health benefits of caffeine are plentiful and well-documented in numerous studies in recent years. Coffee and tea, in particular, have emerged as good health food sources that can lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, and cirrhosis of the liver, as well as lift your mood, treat headaches and even lower risk of cavities. Caffeine also enhances athleticism, endurance and performance, according to health care experts.

“Even though at one time coffee was considered harmful to your health, at this point there is no compelling research to indicate that, in fact, is true.” said Dr. Peter R. Martin, Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology and the Director of the Institute of Coffee Studies, Vanderbilt School of Medicine. “Newer studies actually prove coffee in moderation is good for one’s health.”

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Most Caffeinated

1. Tampa
2. Seattle
3. Chicago
4. New York
5. Los Angeles

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