"It is notorious that tea has no useful strength in it; that it contains nothing nutritious; that it, besides being good for nothing, has badness in it, because it is well known to produce want of sleep in many cases, and in all cases, to shake and weaken the nerves."
-- from William Cobbett's Cottage Economy, 1822.
Read the whole thing here. It's quite funny. I suppose they weren't aware of antioxidants back then. Thanks to Cup of Tea and a Blog for pointing me here.