Food Showdown: How Sweet is Your Tea?


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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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  • 84
    Great job - 2/5/2018   10:44:25 PM
  • 83
    Great job - 2/5/2018   10:44:24 PM
  • 82
    nice - 12/19/2017   11:28:25 PM
  • 81
    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 - 11/11/2017   2:24:39 PM
    I love unsweetened ice tea. - 10/19/2017   11:51:10 AM
  • 79
    I drink tea, and like iced tea, but that sweet tea loaded with only sugar taste is gross - 9/30/2017   10:56:45 AM
  • 78
    I rarely even drink tea. - 8/8/2017   7:50:30 AM
  • 77
    This is great - I'm making some herbal tea now. - 8/8/2017   6:45:05 AM
  • 76
    73% prefer green tea? Seriously? Have you asked anyone in the South?!? - 5/4/2016   1:57:05 PM
  • CLAY10237
    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. - 5/29/2015   11:25:33 PM
  • 74
    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. - 12/17/2014   9:22:22 PM
  • 73
    Love brewed tea. Have gotten myself down to no sugar and some lemon juice. - 12/5/2013   6:16:20 PM
  • 72
    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. - 7/25/2013   2:59:24 PM
  • 71
    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. - 7/22/2013   6:27:19 PM
  • 70
    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. - 7/18/2013   10:15:28 AM
  • 69
    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. - 7/9/2013   6:53:41 AM
  • 68
    I love to brew my own green tea with a little bit of honey:)
    - 6/25/2013   10:16:43 PM
  • 67
    I like "Honest Tea" with just 25 grams of sugar for 16.9 oz - 6/23/2013   12:28:47 PM
  • 66
    Snapple diet peach green tea. Yum - 6/23/2013   10:07:24 AM
    there are very few canned teas i can stand. most of them are too sweet. the instant ice teas are too sweet also. why can't we have lemon flavoring without all that sugar? - 6/22/2013   1:08:20 AM
  • 64
    I love TEA - no extras added - no sweetners - no flavors. - 6/22/2013   12:57:18 AM
  • 63
    I am not a tea drinker so no concerns over sweetness. - 6/21/2013   10:03:55 PM
  • 62
    I am trying to learn to like tea so new ideas and ways to serve it are always welcome! - 6/21/2013   9:56:39 PM
  • 61
    I do not like sweet tea, just reglular - 6/21/2013   1:43:51 PM
    I do not like any sweetener in my tea just a little lemon juice - 6/21/2013   10:08:22 AM
  • 59
    We make our own without the sugar at all and love it. 8 bags of Lipton tea (regular), 2 bags of our favorite herbal tea, 1 gallon of water, 1-2 hours of sunny weather and we've got our tea. I take the tea bags out when it's done so it doesn't get bitter and I don't twist the bags over the tea as that can make it bitter, too. It's a great way to drink iced tea and it's inexpensive and healthier than the bottled stuff. I haven't found a bottled ice tea that doesn't have some sugar added and it's expensive, too. - 6/21/2013   5:18:06 AM
  • 58
    Huh? I've found Arizona to be more cloyingly sweet than Snapple, for the most part.........good thing I don't regularly indulge in either of them...... - 6/21/2013   5:04:02 AM
  • 57
    I love tea, I drink it like its going out of style lol. Anyhow, I am going to try a cold brew tonight of my strawberry tea and see how it turns out. I'm going to do some sun tea tomorrow and see if I have a preference. Usually I use my Teavana tea infusers to make iced tea but sometimes I'd rather not go to the trouble. When I have bottled tea I drink the Diet Peach Snapple since it has no sugar. I got into not drinking my calories but also I have a sensitivity to sweet things. American food & drink can be much too sweet for me. I'm going to try mixing my peach and strawberry teas and see how I like that. Good idea to add fruit to tea to sweeten it and avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners. - 6/21/2013   4:46:39 AM
  • 56
    Drank a lot of sweetened tea when I was a kid. fidnt occur ti me that you could drink it any other way. Now I prefer to brew herbal teas and drink them unsweetened. Can't imagine ever going back. - 6/21/2013   12:53:42 AM
  • 55
    Prepared teas, whether made with sugar or artificial sweeteners, all taste much too sweet to me. When I'm in a restaurant I ask if its sweetened ( I live in Virginia, so it usually is) before I order and end up rarely ordering it. I prefer making it at home. - 6/20/2013   8:44:54 PM
  • 54
    I do not like sweet tea. I like it straight up with a squeeze of lemon. - 6/20/2013   7:21:56 PM
  • 53
    If you really want sweetened tea, the Honest Tea brand is great. - 6/20/2013   5:52:36 PM
  • 52
    I actually really enjoy the Passion Fruit Iced Tea at Starbucks. I get it unsweetened so it is 0 calories, but it still has plenty of sweetness. I find plain Iced Tea to have too strong a flavor. Panera has a Tropical Hibiscus Herbal Iced Tea that is 0 calories and sweet. - 6/20/2013   4:33:47 PM
  • 51
    I love ice tea with nothing in it. If I feel like something different I try adding a cinnaman stick when brewing. I also like sassafras tea. - 6/20/2013   3:47:24 PM
  • 50
    Try cold infusions.. The bitter taste of the tea doesn't come out in cold water. Put your tea (green, black, herbal, fruit...) in water in the fridge overnight and it's ready! - 6/20/2013   3:09:52 PM
  • 49
    I am ashamed to admit that I am ADDICTED to Arizona Diet Green Tea w/Ginseng! I drink it by the gallons! - 6/20/2013   3:04:34 PM
  • 48
    My apologies to anyone from the South but sweet tea is an abomination. Iced tea is delicious and there are many varieties that have a bit of flavor that masks the bitterness without being overly sweet. Just check out the selection at your local grocery store and brew your own. - 6/20/2013   2:31:59 PM
  • 47
    We brew our own tea when we have any at home. I rarely drink tea, but when I do, I enjoy it plain or adding a squeeze of lemon is enough for me. My regular beverage at home and away from home is plain water. - 6/20/2013   1:38:37 PM
    I just brew my own tea and use a little splenda to sweeten and I love lemon in my tea. - 6/20/2013   1:21:32 PM
  • 45
    I just brew it myself and drink it plan most of the time, or add Splenda if I really want it sweetened. Brewing it yourself is also WAY cheaper. - 6/20/2013   1:03:07 PM
  • 44
    I grew up drinking sweet tea. Then did not drink tea for many years. Now in the summer I make sun tea and do not sweeten it - just add a bit of lemon occasionally - and lots of ice!! - 6/20/2013   12:37:39 PM
  • 43
    Twingings 4 red fruits tea made hot to get the tea flavor, then cool down. Add raspberries, strawberries, any kind of berry and ice - good stuff!
    - 11/3/2012   8:22:19 PM
  • 42
    NO SUGAR! Black iced tea with maybe a squeeze of lemon juice. - 7/7/2012   10:09:21 PM
  • 41
    I *hate* sweet tea.
    When I was up in Vancouver, BC, I ordered iced tea and got this disgusting, sugary POS they called tea. I couldn't even taste the tea because they added so much sugar.
    Reading labels is already second nature for me, so I never would've bought either of the teas in the article. It's hard to find a decent non-sweetened bottled tea when you're out on the road and don't want soda.
    Tea tastes great on its own. If you don't like the taste of black tea, there are so many other great teas from white to fruit flavored herbal. I like white for the antioxidants, but cold brewed black tea is the equivalent of hot brewed green in the antioxidant count.

    FYI, don't add cow dairy to your tea, if you're drinking for the antioxidants. Studies have shown that cow dairy cancels out the effects of green tea. You can still add non-dairy milk like almond, soy, hemp, rice, etc. - 6/14/2012   5:27:31 PM
  • 40
    Okay, I'm not big on sweet tea--I actually like the taste of tea in and of itself, but I discovered by accident the other day that Twinings Earl Grey makes a surprisingly sweet iced tea. - 6/12/2012   11:18:34 PM
  • 39
    I love sweet tea and it's the only type of tea I'll drink. I will not try anything else. - 6/12/2012   8:08:43 AM
  • 38
    I like my Iced Tea plain and always make it at home. - 6/11/2012   6:01:27 PM
  • 37
    Very interesting. But, I'm not an iced tea drinker and if I drink hot tea I drink it plain. - 6/11/2012   11:28:19 AM
  • 36
    they both have way too much sugar for me. I would drink the diet or make my own. - 6/11/2012   10:07:40 AM
  • 35
    Not a big cold tea drinker... - 6/11/2012   8:46:23 AM

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