New in the Market: Lipton 100% Natural Green Iced Tea

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on July 20, 2011 · 0 comments

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Iced tea has been a summer beverage since someone plopped a few ice cubes in hot tea to cool it down. Today we drink iced tea year round and the marketplace offers a staggering variety to choose from – flavored, unflavored, sweetened, unsweetened, and diet. Enter a new addition from the Lipton line, 100% Natural Green Iced Tea.

Why green tea? Beside taste (many enjoy the milder flavor) green tea has known antibacterial effects. Green tea is made from the dried leaves of a perennial evergreen shrub, but unlike black tea it is not fermented to develop a stronger flavor.

Six green tea flavors are available:

  • Green Tea with Blueberry Pomegranate has 50 calories in an 8-ounce serving, no fat or protein, 13 grams of carb, 13 grams of sugar and 20 milligrams of sodium.
  • Green Tea with Citrus has 70 calories in an 8-ounce serving, no fat or protein, 19 grams of carb, 18 grams of sugar and 20 milligrams of sodium.
  • Diet Green Tea with Watermelon has no calories in an 8-ounce serving, no fat, carb, sugar or protein and 25 milligrams of sodium.
  • Diet Green Tea with Citrus has no calories in an 8-ounce serving, no fat, carb, sugar or protein and 25 milligrams of sodium.

We found all the flavors to be mildly fruity, pleasant and not overly sweet. All come packaged in a 20-ounce bottle and the nutrition label lists values for the entire bottle and for an 8-ounce serving. This is helpful because many people drink the whole bottle. The tea is sweetened with both sugar and stevia, a natural zero-calorie sweetener that comes from a bush native to Central and South America. The diet tea is sweetened with sucralose (a low calorie sweetener) and acesulfame potassium (a no calorie sweetener). All flavors are kosher (OU) certified.

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