Tea is the second most popular beverage on earth, according to the University of Maryland. Nestea, a bottled tea company owned by Coca Cola, is a popular choice. If you know a little bit about this nationally available beverage, you can enjoy it without compromising you health goals.
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Nestea bottled teas come in three varieties. Iced Tea, which is available in regular and diet, comes in 20 oz.. bottles, a 12-pack of 16.9 oz. bottles and a 12-pack of 12 oz. cans. Regular Iced Tea also comes in two-liter bottles. Green Tea, both regular and diet, is available in 20 oz.. bottles and a 12-pack of 16.9 oz. bottles. Red Tea, also called Pomegranate and Passionfruit flavor, is available only in regular, and is packaged in 20 oz.. bottles or a 12-pack of 16.9 oz. bottles.
Nestea regular teas list two different servings on their labels. On the left-hand side, Nestea lists serving size per the company's definition of a “serving”: 8 fluid ounces. By this calculation, according to the label, a 20 oz bottle contains 2.5 servings. However, Nestea labels have a second column listing nutrition information for the entire container. This is helpful information for those with health concerns; you won't have to pull out a calculator to figure out what you're drinking.
Calories in Nestea vary according to product. An 8 fl oz. serving of regular Green Tea contains 80 calories; drink the entire 20 oz bottle and you'll consume 210 calories. Calorie count is the same for Regular Iced Tea, while Red Tea has 50 calories per “serving,” which is 130 calories per 20 oz bottle. All Diet Teas have no calories.
Tea is good for you. Both green and black tea -- the kind traditionally used in iced tea -- reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, though researchers are not yet sure why. The University reports that tea may also help prevent cancer; polyphenols present in tea, especially in green tea, may be toxic to cancer cells.
Despite the health benefits of tea, be aware that regular Nestea flavors are high in sugar. Regular Iced Tea has 55 g of sugar per 20 oz bottle, the same amount of sugar is in regular Green Tea, while Red Tea has 36 g of sugar per 20 oz bottle. The Mayo Clinic recommends limiting your consumption of added sugars, so if you don't like diet teas, make Nestea a once-in-a-while treat.
Individuals with certain health conditions should not consume green tea, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC. These conditions include anxiety disorders, heart problems, and digestive issues such as stomach ulcers. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid green tea, reports UMMC.