Stick with Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

30 Jul

I have always had a hard time drinking canned and bottle “Iced Teas.” They are always so doggone sugary sweet. I prefer to call these products tea flavored sugar water. Nasty! Now I do drink a ton of iced tea this time of year, but I always prefer the homemade variety. We use Luzianne tea bags and just enough sugar to cut the bitterness of the tea leaves. Add ice and a fresh lemon wedge and you’re set.

In a pinch I will seek out a Chick fil A restaurant. They make a decent fresh brewed iced tea. They’ll even give you a lemon wedge if you ask for it. Just be careful — some locations make their sweet tea extremely sweet. I have learned to ask for half sweet and half unsweet … or in some cases, 1/3 sweet and 2/3 unsweet. I always get a funny look when I ask for the latter. Who knows — maybe they’re math challenged???

Worst Iced Tea according to Mens Health magazine:

Lipton Iced Brisk Lemon Iced Tea (20 oz bottle)

325 calories
81 g sugar

Iced tea is loaded with metabolism-boosting, cancer-fighting compounds called polyphenols, but Lipton does its best to undo any potential healthy benefit you might derive from the tea’s antioxidants by drowning them in 20 teaspoons of sugar. Your tea of choice should carry no more than 15 grams of sugar per 20-ounce serving.

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