Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, second only to water, according to the University of Maryland. Lipton offers 10 varieties of green tea. Knowing some basic information about this widely available product can help you stay on track to meet your health goals.
Lipton green tea comes in several flavors. For those interested in straight green tea, there is 100 percent natural and 100 percent natural decaf. For those who like citrus, there is lemon ginseng and green tea with citrus. There is also honey, cranberry pomegranate, orange passionfruit & jasmine, mixed berry and mint.
Ingredients vary based on which flavor you select. The 100 percent natural and 100 percent natural decaf contain only green tea leaves. The citrus and lemon varieties also contain lemon grass and lemon zest. Mixed berry contains cherry, raspberry, blueberry and strawberry flavors, and cranberry pomegranate contains hibiscus flowers, chamomile flowers and cinnamon. Mint, not surprisingly, contains mint.
Calories and Serving Size
Lipton Green Tea has zero calories per serving. The serving size is listed as one tea bag, so you can make your tea as strong or as weak as you want, depending on how much water you use.
The polyphenols in green tea help prevent hardening of the arteries, lower total cholesterol while raising healthy HDL cholesterol, and may help protect against certain types of cancer, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Also, bagged tea, because it has smaller pieces than loose tea leaves, releases more polyphenols during brewing than loose tea, according to Selene Yeager's “The Doctor's Book of Food Remedies.”
If you're allergic to soy, avoid citrus, decaffeinated honey lemon, cranberry pomegranate, orange, passionfruit & jasmine, lemon ginseng, honey and mixed berry flavors. These contain soy lecithin and emulsifier. Ingredients are subject to change, so check the box before you buy.
Individuals with heart problems, kidney disorders, stomach ulcers or anxiety disorders should not consume green tea, nor should pregnant or breastfeeding women, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Also, green tea may interact with other medications and herbs, so let your physician or herbalist know that you consume green tea.