One of the simplest places to cut calories in your diet is through your drinks. If you are looking for something with a bit more flavor than water, tea is the next best choice for its nearly nonexistent calories and heart-healthy benefits.
Black tea is a stronger version of the Camellia sinensis plant which produces green, white and oolong tea. Black tea has a stronger flavor and more caffeine because of its longer oxidation. This does not add any more calories.
The calories in black tea equal a negligible amount, approximately 2 calories per cup. The amount of calories in tea is influenced by the other products added to it such as sugar, honey or milk. A teaspoon of sugar adds about 15 calories, and 2 tablespoons of 2 percent milk adds roughly 12 calories. Adding a half-ounce packet of honey to your tea boosts its calorie intake by 43 calories.
Instead of sweetening your tea with caloric sweeteners, like sugar or honey, try adding stevia to your black tea. It contains just a negligible amount of calories but has a potent sweet taste, so a little goes a long way with sweetening your cup. In addition, swapping out 2 percent milk for nonfat milk reduces your calorie intake by a few calories per cup.