If you’re looking to stay healthier and prevent weight from slowly piling onto your body, here are some iced teas to avoid:
1. McDonald’s Sweet Tea: You’ve seen the commercials – a colossal 32-ounce cup of sweet tea is only a dollar at McDonald’s. And you get a lot of bang for that buck – there are 280 calories and 69 grams of sugar in a large. That’s as much of the sweet stuff as you’ll find in three vanilla cones or a 12-ounce Oreo McFlurry.
2. Snapple Half ’N Half: At Snapple, “the best stuff on earth” must mean sugar – and lots of it. A 16-ounce bottle of the brand’s Half ’N Half lemonade-tea blend packs 50 grams of sugar along with 210 calories. You’d have to snack your way through five Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts to get an equivalent sugar buzz.
3. Sobe Energize Green Tea: This elixir boasts an energizing blend of guarana, rose hip and ginseng extracts, but we’re pretty sure your boost is going to come straight from sugar. A 20-ounce bottle has 200 calories and 51 grams of sugar – that’s more sweetener than three frosted strawberry Pop-Tarts.
4. Lipton Brisk Lemon Iced Tea: You’re going to need a brisk walk after finishing off a bottle of this bad-to-the-bone beverage. A 20-ounce serving contains 210 calories and 55 grams of sugar – the same amount of sweet stuff that’s in 25 Pixy Stix straws.
5. Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte: Starbucks describes its Iced Green Tea Latte as “a unique and stimulating blend of matcha green tea and milk, lightly sweetened and served over ice.” What they mean by lightly sweetened: A 16-ounce grande made with nonfat milk contains 250 calories and 50 grams of sugar. That’s the same amount of sugar you’ll find in a grande Coffee Frappuccino made with whole milk.
6. Arizona Extra Sweet Green Tea: The words “extra sweet” are a dead giveaway. One 23.5-ounce can contains three servings at 90 calories and 23 grams of sugar a pop. But it’s safe to say most would gulp down the whole can and take in 270 calories and 69 grams of sugar. Another convenience store pick with similar sugar content: two Snickers candy bars.
7. Nestea Iced Black or Green teas: A 20-ounce bottle of regular or green iced tea has 210 calories and 55 grams of sugar. You could eat three Twinkies and still take in less sugar.
8. Turkey Hill Cherry Pomegranate Black Tea: Pick up a pint-size bottle and you’ll gulp down 240 calories and 52 grams of sugar. That’s more sweetener than what’s in three scoops of the brand’s Rocky Road premium ice cream.
9. Sweet Leaf Peach or Raspberry Iced Tea: It’s not as sugary as some sweetened teas, but the word “organic” on the bottle may make you think that Sweet Leaf’s peach or raspberry flavored teas are a smart way to quench your thirst. Truth is, each 16-ounce serving packs 36 grams of sugar – 15 Starburst candies’ worth – for 140 calories.
10. Lipton Mango Iced Tea Mix: Thanks to the fact that it doesn’t come in a bottle that you’ll be tempted to gulp down in a single sitting, a drink mix may seem like a good way to get your sweetened tea fix. Still, a tablespoon and a half of Lipton’s mango-flavored iced tea powder (80 calories) contains 19 grams of sugar – that’s more than three Oreo cookies’ worth.