What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Iced Tea Every Day

 

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Iced Tea Every Day

2020/07/06

If you enjoy your daily iced tea on the sweeter side, you may be getting more sugar than you realize. Many pre-bottled iced teas contain a significant amount of sugar. For example, according to Healthy Food Guide, Fuze Tea green iced tea contains 21g (4.2 teaspoons) of added sugar per 500ml serving, Lipton's raspberry iced tea contains 26.1g (5.2 teaspoons) per 500ml serving, and Arizona blueberry white iced tea contains a staggering 42.5g (8.5 teaspoons) per 500ml serving.



In its 2015 guidelines (via Ages), the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that adults should consume no more than ten teaspoons of added sugar a day and that keeping it to under five would be ideal. So even one serving of a sweetened iced tea could put you dangerously close to, or even over, that limit, making the decision to drink iced tea every day — sweetened iced tea, that is — not the best choice.


The WHO points out that its recommendations are based on research linking sugar to a number of health concerns. According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 34.2 million Americans had diabetes in 2018, while another 88 million adults have prediabetes. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, directly causing or contributing to the deaths of more than 270,000 people in 2017.
















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