Today is, without a doubt, the most important holiday of the year—National Iced Tea Day. I drink so much iced tea that it’s permanently in my blood stream. I just can’t get enough of the refreshing stuff. When I first moved to New York from North Carolina, I ordered iced tea at a restaurant and it was followed by the waiter asking a question I was unfamiliar with. “Do you want sweetened or unsweetened?” I had never heard of unsweetened before—in the South, we do it with loads of sugar—but gosh darn it, that was delicious and thirst-quenching, too! So where did iced tea come from? In 1904, a British Plantation owner named Richard Blechynden set up a booth to sell hot tea at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Only it was a billion degrees outside and no one was buying it. And so, he dumped ice into it to lower the temperature. Thank you, Richard. Your assignment for the night, dear readers—drink lots of iced tea. [Holiday Insights] Keep reading »
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If Red Bull gives you wings, than Drank, a new relaxation beverage, gives you the power to stop flapping them. Touted as a chill pill in a purple can, Drank doubled 7-Eleven’s sale expectations during the bev’s testing phase, and its profits were up 198% last year. But before you crack open a can, check out what’s inside the calming potion: Melatonin, rose hips, and valerian root. Melatonin “controls the human sleep cycle,” according to the company’s website, rose hips give you an antioxidant boost, and valerian root tames anxiety and helps the central nervous system get in chill mode. Ahhh, I feel relaxed already.
Oh, but wait, some doctors aren’t buying it. “I would not recommend it,” David DiPersio, clinical pharmacist at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center said. He says valerian root is known to cause seizures. Now if I ever pick up a can, I’ll be too freaked out to chillax. Keep reading »