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Bottled Teas That You Should Stay Away From

Welcome back to another worst list or sometimes I call it horrible food or products that you need to stay away from for good. Today I will be covering some popular teas that I’m pretty sure you or someone you may know drink even if it’s on a cheat day. This list explains why these teas made the really really bad tea list. The teas mentioned in today’s post you need to stay away from at all times. These teas aren’t safe to drink even in moderation. Please past on this list to all of your favorite tea drinkers.

Don’t get me wrong. Scientists have amassed a volume of research showing that teas possess significant health benefits. Brewed teas contain antioxidants such as polyphenols, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), and catechins, which have been found to help rev your metabolism, block the formation of new fat cells, fight off diseases and even minimize cell damage, aging, and risk of stroke. But don’t let these facts justify your bottled tea purchase—because not all teas are created equal hence why this list now exists you are welcome.

In fact, a recent study found that you’d have to drink 20 bottles of store-bought tea to get the same amount of antioxidants present in just one home-brewed cup. And even though versions packaged with an acid like lemon juice or citric acid can help stabilize these antioxidant levels, an independent lab test by ChromaDex found that more than half of the nutrients had disappeared from acid-spiked flavors within three months of shelf life.

Plus, because companies know that the disease-fighting polyphenols have a slightly bitter, astringent taste, they tend to add more water—instead of actual brewed tea—to their products. Add that to all the sugar that’s injected into these generously-portioned bottles, and any health benefits you once imagined vanish into thin air.

While I highly recommend steeping your own at home to reap the fat-fighting benefits, if you do choose to grab a bottle off the shelf, make sure it’s not one of these diet-derailing options—some of which are worse than a can of soda. To be considered for a spot on our worst list, the following teas had to serve up over 35 grams of sugar. That’s more than 70 percent of the FDA’s newly updated daily recommended intake of added sugars, which peaks at 50 grams of the sweet stuff. Read on to find which brands to avoid for each of your favorite flavors.


Pure Leaf Lemon Flavored Tea

Worst bottled teas Pure Leaf Lemon

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 160 calories, 0 mg sodium, 41 g carbs (41 g sugar)

No actual lemons were used in the making of this tea.

Gold Peak Lemon Flavored Tea

Worst bottled teas Gold Peak Lemon

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 40 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (45 g sugar)

Gold Peak flavors win top honors for being the worst iced tea brand out there. They use a brewed tea concentrate, boost the appearance of tea with caramel color, and worst of all, they jam-pack their bottles with added sugars. Just 5 grams short of your entire day’s recommended intake can be found in this bottle.

Brisk Lemon Flavor Iced Tea

Worst bottled teas brisk lemon

Nutrition: Per 24 fl oz bottle, 160 calories, 210 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (40 g sugar)

If you had to guess how many ingredients are in lemon tea, what would you guess? Lemon, tea, water, sugar…so, uh, four? Well, this one’s got 14. Just no.


Snapple Half ‘N Half

Worst bottled teas Snapple Half

Nutrition: Per 16 fl oz bottle, 210 calories, 10 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (50 g sugar)

Also known as an “Arnold Palmer” after the golf legend, this beverage is a mix of iced tea and lemonade. Now, the trademark drink is sold by AriZona, but companies like Snapple appease their lemonade-loving customers by selling a similar recipe under the name “half and half.” You’re better off picking up the AriZona one, which is lower in sugar; this Snapple one serves up a day’s worth of added sugars.

Gold Peak Lemonade Tea

Worst bottled teas Gold Peak Lemonade

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 220 calories, 50 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (54 g sugar)

Just before you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Gold Peak got into the game. This beverage has more sugar than 15 Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies.


Gold Peak Sweet Tea

Worst bottled teas Gold Peak Sweet Tea

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 190 calories, 50 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (48 g sugar)

Winner winner chicken dinner! Gold Peak is top of the pack when it comes to pouring sugar into their sweet teas. A mere 18 ounces of liquid comes complete with 12 teaspoons of the sweet stuff—that’s more than the notoriously sweet Mountain Dew!

AriZona Sweet Tea

Worst bottled teas AriZona Sweet Tea

Nutrition: Per 16 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 20 mg sodium, 46g carbs (46 g sugar)

When Southerners first invented sweet tea, they probably used real lemons, real sugar, and real tea; not citric acid, ascorbic acid, high fructose corn syrup, and natural flavors.

Snapple Sweet Straight Up Tea

Worst bottled teas Snapple Sweet Straight Up Tea

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 10 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (44 g sugar)

Sorry, but it’s too easy: This tea is straight up sugar.


Pure Leaf Peach Tea

Worst bottled teas Pure Leaf Peach

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 0 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (46 g sugar)

I’m not really sure why manufacturers like dumping loads of sugar into peach teas. Peaches aren’t even in the top 10 when it comes to fruits with the most sugar. Plus, none of the sugar even comes from real peaches anyway; Pure Leaf just uses “natural peach flavor” to replicate the taste of the summer stone fruit.

Snapple Peach Tea

Worst bottled teas Snapple Peach Tea

Nutrition: Per 16 fl oz bottle, 160 calories, 10 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (39 g sugar)

If you’d like to guzzle down 78 percent of your daily recommended added sugar intake in just 16 ounces, as Snapple would say, to peach their own.

Gold Peak Peach Tea

Worst bottled teas gold peak peach

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 35 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (45 g sugar)

Gold Peak claims a “home-brewed taste,” but I don’t remember having natural flavors and caramel color in my pantry do you?


Honest Tea Organic Raspberry Tea

Worst bottled teas honest tea

Nutrition: Per 16.9 fl oz bottle, 100 calories, 0 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (26 g sugar)

It may be certified organic, with fair trade black tea leaves, but just because the cane sugar is organic doesn’t mean you can guzzle this iced tea down without a care. Although it has significantly less sugar than the rest of the drinks on this list, it still has over half a day’s worth of your added sugars—not great. That being said, not all Honest products are bad. In fact, their Honey Green Tea has the highest amount of free-radical-fighting catechins out of any bottled green tea product.


Brisk’s Mango and Raspberry Iced Teas

worst teas brisk


Nutrition: Per 24 fl oz can, 140 calories, 200 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (38 g sugar)


Nutrition: Per 24 fl oz bottle, 140 calories, 160 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (38 g sugar)

Nothing’s a-brewing over here. Brisk attains the taste of tea with either a tea powder or instant tea (which isn’t even in the top five ingredients in the Raspberry flavor). On top of that, because the raspberry or mango is only a flavor—and not actual fruit—the appearance of the claimed taste is made by adding potentially-carcinogen-containing caramel color, and oil-derived colors like red 40 and yellow 5, which have been linked to hyperactivity in children.

Oh, and did we mention there are 16 ingredients? Why? Many are preservatives, others are artificial dyes, and the rest are sugars or artificial sweeteners which have been linked to disrupting your gut composition, a common precursor to weight gain.

SoBe Elixir Green Tea Flavored Beverage

Worst bottled teas sobe green tea

Nutrition: Per 20 fl oz bottle, 200 calories, 55 mg sodium, 52 g carbs (51 g sugar)

Rather than brewed tea, SoBe just adds a green tea extract this brew. Which is enough to mislead customers into thinking their product may provide the same fat-burning benefits as the real stuff. Alas, this beverage is basically just caramel color, natural flavor and an entire day’s worth sugar—supplemented with extra sweetness from stevia extract.


AriZona Iced Tea With Peach Flavor

AZ peach

Nutrition: Per 23 fl oz can, 259 calories, 25 mg sodium, 69 g carbs (69 g sugar)

You don’t even need to be called out for being “Extra Sweet” to pack in a staggering 69 grams of sugar—120 percent of your daily recommended intake of the sweet stuff—if you’re this AriZona brew. Even opting for the smaller bottle won’t be much of a help. Oh and those peaches you see on the can? They’re just natural flavor.

Pure Leaf Extra Sweet Tea

Worst bottled teas Pure Leaf Extra Sweet

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 250 calories, 0 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (65 g sugar)

One trick that really deserves a place. Stay away from anything with the words “extra” and “sweet.”

AriZona Extra Sweet Green Tea

Worst bottled teas AriZona Extra Sweet Green

Nutrition: Per 23.5 fl oz bottle, 264 calories, 29 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (65 g sugar)

Don’t be fooled into thinking that all green tea products possess the slimming antioxidants which help keep you fit. This premium brewed green tea is all but wasted by AriZona’s use of high fructose corn syrup—and little of the “honey” they claim on the label.


AriZona Lemon Iced Tea With Lemon Flavor

Worst bottled teas arizona lemon

Nutrition: Per 23 fl oz can, 259 calories, 29 mg sodium, 72 g carbs (69 g sugar)

Whether you opt for the small bottle or a tall can, this tea is bad news for your body goals because of its unreasonably high-calorie content. And since tea is naturally low in calories, you can blame the high energy count almost solely on the addition of high fructose corn syrup.



Arnold Palmer “Lite”

Arnold palmer lite

Nutrition: Per 23 fl oz can, 144 calories, 29 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (37 g sugar)

AriZona claims this beverage has “⅓ fewer calories” but this lite version is still full of waist-widening sugar—even though it is lower in calories compared to some of AriZona’s other brews. Unfortunately, the lower calories, but same sweetness you love, comes from adding artificial sweeteners like sucralose and acesulfame potassium, which has been found to cause tumors in rats during studies.

Tazo Black Tea Mango

Worst bottled teas Tazo Black Tea Mango

Nutrition: Per 13.8 fl oz bottle, 150 calories, 15 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (37 g sugar)

The clean-cut label with real tea leaves and slices of mango on the packaging makes this brew look natural and healthy. It may be natural, but it certainly isn’t healthy. With over 75 percent of your daily recommended intake of added sugars in such a small bottle, you’re better off sipping on a cup of home-brewed black tea and biting into a real mango (complete with all that satiating fiber) instead.

Arnold Palmer “Real Sugar”

Arnold palmer real sugar

Nutrition: Per 16.9 fl oz bottle, 148 calories, 21 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (44 g sugar)

It may be made with real sugar (and it does have less of the stuff than AriZona’s high-fructose-corn-syrup-sweetened variety), but there is still over three-quarters of your daily limit of added sugars in these drinks. The good thing is that sugar has less fructose than HFCS, so these beverages “made with real sugar” will have less of the simple carb which directly contributes to fatty liver disease and insulin resistance.


Gold Peak Green Tea

Worst bottled teas Gold Peak Green Tea

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 140 calories, 40 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (35 g sugar)

Green tea is one of my FAVORITE teas for weight loss because of its fat-fighting antioxidants. Unfortunately, you won’t get much of those benefits by drinking this watered down, flavored, and sugar-laden beverage. Instead, brew your own at home to reap the waist-trimming benefits.


Tazo Tazoberry

Worst bottled teas Tazoberry

Nutrition: Per 13.8 fl oz bottle, 150 calories, 15 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (37 g sugar)

I do appreciate that Tazo uses real black tea (instead of a powder or extract), but adding apple and raspberry concentrate juices is really just adding more sugar to the tea—and it’s the bad kind. Fruit juice concentrates have a high concentration of a sugar known as fructose, which our body turns into fat and inflammatory compounds more easily than it does with the other common sugar, glucose. Experts believe that fructose is to blame for the increase in rates of metabolic disorders and fatty liver disease.

Pure Leaf Raspberry Flavor Tea

Worst bottled teas Pure Leaf Raspberry

Nutrition: Per 18.5 fl oz bottle, 180 calories, 0 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (46 g sugar)

When I say the worst use of fruit, in this case, I MEAN in the name. This tea doesn’t actually have any raspberry in it. The disguise is provided by adding “natural flavor.”


Brisk Honey Ginseng Green Tea

Worst bottled teas Brisk Honey Ginseng Green

Nutrition: Per 24 fl oz bottle, 140 calories, 250 mg sodium, 38 g carbs (38 g sugar)

This bottle of iced tea has more sodium than two bags of salted chips. That’s thanks to the fourth ingredient, sodium hexametaphosphate (The US FDA notes that this additive may be used in paper and paperboard food packaging and that any Sodium Hexametaphosphate migrating to food from the food packaging is “generally recognized as safe.” Due to the possible health effects of this additive, do not consume in high concentrations), which is said to be added to “protect flavors.” Are they talking about the “natural flavors” and “caramel color?”

Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? I want to just say that I’m not saying that you can’t drink these teas all I am saying is to limit these teas to maybe a couple times a year. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, In general, please feel free in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions, comments or concerns you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links In the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

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2018-11-14 at 10:06 am

Nice article. Really helpful. I have been drinking green tea for quite a long time. But I have read an article which promises that you can lose weight more than any other tea. It’s the RED TEA DETOX, additionally referred to as Roobios, is equally high in antioxidants, but sourced from different substances to it of tea. The antioxidants contained in shrub – aspalathin and nothofagin – are relatively rare, and facilitate to manage glucose, cut back excessive fat production, stress, and inhibit metabolic disorders.

So my question is, is it worth going for?


    2018-11-14 at 5:44 pm

    Honestly, I think It’s worth trying. I drink red tea from time to time and honestly, It helps with my bloat and stomach discomfort. Everybody is different and I always suggest doing your own research and talking to your doctor before adding anything new to your lifestyle.

Alexander LAllemand
2018-11-18 at 1:08 am

It’s about to create more awareness for consumer to look at ingredients and what to buy , not following the mainstream and just replacing sugar with chemicals for example. I personally stopped totally artificial sweeteners and improved my health.

    2018-11-18 at 12:04 pm

    That’s why i do these type of posts (i’ve done many) I want to help people who may not be aware how bad some of these products are. I cut back on sugar and i also stopped consuming artificial sweeteners and i have to agree within a few days i felt so much better and had tons more energy.

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