French aristocrat Marie de Rabutin-Chantal makes the first mention of adding milk to tea in her writings in 1680, according to Worldmags. Milk adds creaminess -- and calories -- to an otherwise low-calorie beverage.
Calories in Tea with Milk
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 6 ounces of brewed tea contains about 2 calories. Because a teaspoon of whole milk is about 3 calories, adding a teaspoon of whole milk increases the number of calories in a cup of tea to about 5.
Adding more milk or increasing the size of the cup of tea will increase the number of calories. A 12-ounce cup of tea with a tablespoon of whole milk increases the calorie count to about 13. Using cream will add an additional 3 calories per tablespoon, and using skim milk will reduce it by about 1.5 calories per tablespoon.
The addition of sugar or other sweeteners will increase the number of calories in a cup of tea with milk. Adding granulated sugar adds about 5 calories per teaspoon. Using lemon in your tea will add only about 1 calorie per teaspoon.