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SAUSALITO, CA - JULY 09: A new flat plastic lid that does not need a straw is shown on a cup of Starbucks iced tea on July 9, 2018 in Sausalito, California. Starbucks announced today that it plans on phasing out all plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. Some of its drinnk cups will be fitted with special flat plastic lids that can be used without straws. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you’re a coffee drinker who never fills your mug with anything else, you may want to consider switching to tea now and then. Being pregnant, I try to stay away from caffeine altogether but I still need something hot in the morning so I have been drinking a ton of caffeine-free hot green tea!

There are all kinds of health benefits to sipping tea and according to new research, a longer and healthier life is one of them.

For the study, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences analyzed health surveys of close to 101,000 people, including habitual tea drinkers – those who drink tea three or more times a week. They tracked the participants for about seven years and the results show habitual tea drinkers have a 39% lower risk of heart disease and stroke and a 56% lower risk of dying from either.

So drinking tea at least three times a week is linked to longevity and better overall health, but what kind of tea is best? Study authors say green tea is linked to lower chances of heart disease, stroke, and death from all causes. The same benefits weren’t found in black tea, because it isn’t as high in polyphenols. Wow! At this point, I’ll live forever!