Food Showdown: How Sweet is Your Tea?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
As temperatures continue to climb this summer, sitting out on the porch with a tall glass of iced tea might sound like the perfect way to relax and refresh. Iced tea certainly isn't new on the beverage scene, but we have been slowly increasing our consumption of the warm-weather staple; last year, a national consumer survey reported that 10% of U.S. consumers are purchasing more iced tea than they did in 2009. The survey also revealed that 73% of tea drinkers prefer green tea for its antioxidants and health benefits. Drink companies have taken note of America's love of green tea and have produced dozens of flavored varieties over the past few years; however, many of those varieties pack a mean sugar punch that rivals the most sugary soft drinks on the market.

Between two popular flavored green tea varieties, Arizona Georgia Peach Green Tea and Snapple Peach Green Tea, which one should you choose if you're watching your sugar intake?
The Winner: Arizona Georgia Peach Green Tea!
The Snapple Peach Green Tea contains a whopping 41 grams of sugar for just eight ounces. If you drink the entire 16-ounce can, that brings you up to 82 grams of sugar in one sitting! The Arizona Georgia Peach Green Tea contains just 17 grams of sugar for eight ounces. However, 17 grams is equivalent to just over 4 teaspoons of sugar, which is still quite a bit--plus, there are three servings in a 24-ounce can. You'd be better off brewing your own green tea at home and spiking your glass with fresh fruit. Try lemon, peaches, raspberries, and blueberries for refreshing flavor without the sugar rush.  

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ETHELMERZ 7/14/2021
Written during the green tea FAD!. Ugh. No sweetened tea is the way to go. Make your own. No fad adolescent drinks. Report
GEORGE815 6/24/2021
Thanks Report
CD4994568 2/14/2021
I brew tea with nothing more than tea and water in the cup/glass Report
PATRICIAAK 12/26/2020
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FISHGUT3 10/31/2020
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CECELW 9/15/2020
I like tea in any way Report
ELRIDDICK 9/3/2020
Thanks for sharing Report
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I grew my ow ice tea and I personally like mine unsweetened. Canned or bottled tea usually tastes old and over sweetened. I call it Soda Pop Tea. Report
I brew my own ice tea. I like it nice and dark and absolutely no sugar. Report
Say no to artificial sweeteners Report
Interesting article. Report
Gross! I brew my own; either unsweetened or with stevia. Nothing else needed except the occasional lemon wedge. Report
Excellent Report
That's my take-away -- better to just brew my own tea. Not too difficult! Report
I also LOVE unsweeten ice tea!!!!!!! Report
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no sweetener Report
I love tea. I add a tbls of raw honey in mine Report
I drink tea unsweetened as well. (Coffee too.) Report
I enjoy a good tea however, not much on the sweet part of it. My sister likes the Arizona tea so I'll have to try this suggestion. Thanx, SparkFriend Report
Thanks! Report
Usually leave my tea alone. Coffee is another deal all together Report
I make my own tea and don't add sugar. If someone wants sugar, they add it themselves to their glass. I will add a little lemon or mint Report
I stopped drinking sugar in my tea a long time ago but do sometimes put a little milk in hot tea. Report
I never add sugar or purchase sweetened tea. Report
Great info! Thanks! Report
I am not a tea drinker. Now that it's cooler maybe I'll be drinking hot green tea. Report
Thank you for this great info! Report
Great job Report
Great job Report
Not a huge tea drinker although I should start especially the green tea. I've actually here & there been doing the unsweetened tea. It's actually ok trying to pull back on sugars. X Report
I love unsweetened ice tea. Report
I drink tea, and like iced tea, but that sweet tea loaded with only sugar taste is gross Report
I rarely even drink tea. Report
This is great - I'm making some herbal tea now. Report
73% prefer green tea? Seriously? Have you asked anyone in the South?!? Report
Green and black teas are both about the same in anti-oxidants. I'm so tired of this myth that green tea is so much better. Many of us just don't like the stuff. Report
I have yet to find a bottled tea that I don't find nasty. I like my tea to taste like tea. Iced or hot, I would much rather brew my own. Report
Love brewed tea. Have gotten myself down to no sugar and some lemon juice. Report
I will brew my own tea. I can pick the flavor, the strength of the brew and it is unsweetened and much cheaper than bottled tea. Report
I'm making my own organic green tea. It's a better quality kind that doesn't get too bitter when leaving the tea bags in the pitcher. Able to let the antioxidents keep potent. Report
I love iced tea - the real kind, not some bottled or powdered-ready-to-add-water product that calls itself 'iced tea'. Making it ourselves is so easy; it also eliminates the packaging that ends up in landfills or requires recycling! Sun tea is a good option (used to do it, now don't). I just bring water to a near-boil, plop in the amount of green tea (flavored or plain depending on my mood) and let it steep 'til it's a shade darker than I like (because I add plenty of ice!), toss in a few slices of lemon and 2 packets of Splenda per gallon of tea, let cool a little then refrigerate. It's incredibly refreshing and doesn't pack on the calories.

As for the pre-made stuff? Never liked it, wouldn't waste my money. Report
i love iced tea but i brew it myself i used to buy Lipton iced tea with peach, but they stopped making it. So i had to come up with my way of making it. I like Lipton/Celestial country peach passion sweetin with truvia it doesnt have the after taste like splenda. I need sugar in it to take out the biter taste. Report
I love to brew my own green tea with a little bit of honey:)
I like "Honest Tea" with just 25 grams of sugar for 16.9 oz Report