Black tea is one of the most commonly consumed hot beverages in the world, and when brewed then chilled, many enjoy it in the form of iced tea. Whether you purchase tea as teabags for brewing or buy prepared tea from the refrigerator case at grocery stores, you'll find lots of flavoring options that make the tea more interesting. Peach-flavored tea is readily available and tasty. The nutritional profiles -- and health benefits -- of these different types of tea will vary according to whether you add sweetener or creamer.
Nutrition Information: Bagged Peach Black Tea
Peach black tea sold in teabags for brewing has a very similar nutritional profile to regular black tea. When you brew peach black tea from bags using distilled or tap water, an 8-ounce cup of tea contains only 2 calories, according to the USDA. In the case of Teavana brand Ginger Peach Apricot Black Tea, Nutritionrank.com reports that there are zero calories in a cup of brewed tea. Brewed peach black tea contains no fat, dietary fiber or sugars, and has less than 1 gram of carbohydrate in every cup. If you add sweeteners such as sugar or honey, the calorie content of the tea will increase. Adding creamers, dairy or soy milk will increase the calorie, fat and protein content of the tea.
Nutritional Information: Bottled Peach Black Tea
Flavored black and green teas are often prepackaged and sold as cold bottled drinks in the soda section of supermarkets and convenience stores. Often, this type of bottled flavored tea contains a significant quantity of sugar or artificial sweetener. This increases the overall calories and carbohydrates present in the drink. For example, the bottled drink Archer Farms Peach Black Tea contains 70 calories and 16 grams carbohydrates in each bottle.
Brewed peach black tea, without sweeteners or creamers, is beneficial if you are trying to lose weight or control weight by limiting your daily calorie intake. This type of tea is virtually calorie-free, and provides you with a hot or cold drink option without adding calories. Both brewed and bottled teas contain virtually no fat -- another nutritional benefit if you are following a low-fat diet. The bottled teas may have more calories than brewed teas, but even a bottled tea contains significantly fewer calories than a sweetened soda beverage such as a cola. Drinking bottled peach tea instead of soda drinks on a regular basis can save you a lot of calories over time.
Whether brewed or bottled, peach black tea typically contains caffeine. Unless the teabags or bottle are marked "caffeine free" or "decaffeinated," you can assume the tea contains some caffeine. Caffeine may have a small beneficial effect on your weight loss efforts, according to the April 2010 issue of the "International Journal of Obesity." In the short term, the caffeine in tea can work as an appetite suppressant and may give your metabolism a quick boost. Caffeine also has diuretic effects on certain people, meaning that you could lose water weight through increased urination. However, research regarding caffeine and weight loss is not definitive, and further study is required to understand the connections between caffeine and weight loss.
Black tea and green tea both have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect your health in certain ways -- specifically, by reducing your risk of heart disease or certain types of cancer. According to a study published in the May 2000 issue of the "International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition," the antioxidant properties of tea vary according to the means of preparation. Black tea brewed from leaves has a greater concentration of flavonoids -- tea's antioxidants -- than black tea brewed from bags. Adding milk or creamer reduced the tea's flavonoid content. To get the maximum antioxidant effect from peach black tea, brew the tea from leaves rather than using bags or prepared bottled drinks.