Food Showdown: How Sweet is Your Tea?

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6/20/2013 12:00 PM   :  73 comments   :  29,438 Views

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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  • 23
    Thanks SP for helping us be armed and ready to make better decisions!
    I was quoting teaspoons per can of soda to my children last night.
    The Food Showdowns are sinking in. - 6/10/2012   10:14:23 AM
  • 22
    The fad for buying, in a bottle and at much greater co$t in money and ecological resources, what is so easy to make at home has puzzled me. Marketing, marketing. Sad...

    I wish these food showdowns dealt with items where the information to make the comparison isn't right on the label. Restaurants, fast-food places--they don't have to post their information (yet) and it's much harder to find. Comparing items from places like that could be much more useful (a bit harder for the compiler, but so?) - 6/10/2012   9:43:17 AM
  • 21
    I don't have a porch and I don't drink sweet tea. Hot tea curled up on the sofa, however... I'm all over that!!! :) - 6/10/2012   8:52:01 AM
  • 20
    Watch on YOUTUBE the documentary "The WEIGHT of the Nation" which has four parts, and the doctors say NEVER drink your calories. Americans drink 20% of their calories and the brain doesn't recognize them as "food" so it is one of the major reasons we have an obesity epidemic. - 6/10/2012   8:15:57 AM
  • 19
    I dont believe sugar is poison..pleaseeeee! I make my own tea and use slpenda.
    We make our choices. but we can always make better ones. - 6/10/2012   8:04:20 AM
  • 18
    I have been making my own iced tea for years. I just recently started using green tea. It's really easy just take your favorite variety and put about 8 tea bags in a clear pitcher or container and in about 4 hours you have a very good tea with no sugar added. - 6/10/2012   7:31:14 AM
  • 17
    "The Snapple Peach Green Tea contains a whopping 41 grams of sugar for just eight ounces."

    This insanity needs to stop! Sugar is poison and these drink companies are putting out poison, and ignorant Americans are then drinking this crap.

    Brew your own tea. That's what I do and everyone should do. It's cheaper and healthier, and you can sweeten it with some stevia if you need sweetness. I use SweetLeaf which has no aftertaste.
    - 6/10/2012   6:56:51 AM
  • SARAHDD2
    16
    I drink water instead of green tea. - 6/10/2012   6:20:37 AM
  • 15
    My current favorite iced tea: 2 tea bags of Tazo Passion tea and 4 tea bags of Celestial Seasonings True Blueberry tea to 1/2 gallon boiling water. Brew for 10 minutes and refrigerate. Serve over ice. Delicious. - 6/10/2012   2:13:52 AM
  • 14
    I do not like anything that I drink to be sweet. It became a habit years ago when I started dating my now husband. He has been a type 1 diabetic for years so I only brew my own tea and it is always unsweetened - 6/10/2012   12:39:11 AM
  • 13
    I drink water. When it gets hot, yeah right I live in Western Washington State - we might get a week or 2 of hot weather and not necessarily in the same stretch. Okay, back on focus. If we get hot weather, I drink water to stay hydrated. Sugar isn't necessary for that. If I want sugar I eat fresh fruit. - 6/10/2012   12:04:31 AM
  • 12
    Arizone Diet Green Tea with Ginseng! All I drink....I buy it by the gallon and drink it all day long! Best tea out there. - 6/9/2012   10:30:00 PM
  • 11
    I avoid bottled teas because of the sugar. If I want tea, I brew my own!!I like chewing calories:-) - 6/9/2012   10:25:14 PM
  • 10
    I would rather just drink water or diet coke. - 6/9/2012   10:16:29 PM
  • 9
    No thanks. I brew my own. Either Luzianne black with sugar, or I'll make hot tea with honey.

    AS for why it has to be sweet? Because it's tea! LOL. Sweet tea is a southern thing. - 6/9/2012   8:18:01 PM
  • ANNEV2012
    8
    My favorite is iced green tea. I use two different types of green tea. One is Stash green tea. The other is from Celestial Seasonings and is their green tea with ginseng and lemon balm.
    I steep two of each tea bags, for 3-5 minutes. Dilute with water to taste and serve over ice.
    Refreshing, antioxidant, calorie-free and a mid-afternoon "pick me up!" - 6/9/2012   4:29:21 PM
  • CHIHAYA
    7
    Another useless showdown article. /thumbs down

    We can just read labels. As long as it's called tea, it doesn't and shouldn't naturally contain sugar. If anything noticeable amount sugar is shown in label, it's artificially added, not really worth to drink if you're under weight control program. - 6/9/2012   3:52:30 PM
  • 6
    I've never understood why tea needs to be sweet - in fact, I can't stand sweetened tea. When the temp rises, I prefer black sun tea over ice. Nothing added. More refreshing than heavily sweetened beverages. - 6/9/2012   3:16:02 PM
  • 5
    I've started brewing my own tea to not only save money but to also control the sugar. Also add lemon slices. - 6/9/2012   3:05:42 PM
  • 4
    I too love my tea black. If I wanted to taste peach, I would by a peach pop, not tea. - 6/9/2012   2:20:05 PM
  • 3
    Plain black tea is definitely the BEST tea. Many of the these sweet teas are as bad as sugary sodas. - 6/9/2012   2:19:43 PM
  • 2
    I am a purist: I drink tea black, no embellishments, love the actual taste of TEA! It still amazes me that people actually spend money on 200% markup manufactured tea instead of actually dropping a teabag into a container and going on their way!!!
    How did we all survive before somebody found a way to "trend"us into BUYING bottled tea, water,etc, instead of us going to all the effort of dropping a bag into water? Right now, I have a jug of jasmine "sun tea" brewing on my kitchen counter,, cold water and no sun.. I use my money to buy things I am unable to make myself,,
    - 6/9/2012   12:37:45 PM
  • 1
    I drink Arizona diet Blueberry green tea and freeze light Minute Maid lemonade (only 5 calories a serving) ice cubes to go along with it. A nice treat! - 6/9/2012   11:59:46 AM

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