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National Survey Ranks Tampa as Most Caffeinated City, No. 1 for Pain Relievers
Norwalk, Conn., Jan. 13, 2009 –Norwalk, Conn., Jan. 13, 2009 – The second annual HealthSaver Caffeinated Cities Survey, commissioned by HealthSaver, a national emerging health care discount service, found that 2007’s No. 2 ranked Tampa is this year’s most caffeinated city in the country compared to 19 other major American cities. Riverside/San Bernardino is the least caffeinated metro area.
In addition, Tampa residents surveyed took the No. 1 spot as most likely to take pain relievers that contain caffeine, up from No. 2 in 2007. For the second consecutive year, Tampa residents are the second most likely to consume caffeinated tea daily.
Despite being ranked as the most caffeinated, respondents in Tampa (tied with Chicago) ranked No. 1 in saying they are least likely to be addicted to caffeine.
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.”