Home-brewed? Not in this home!

Reminders come to us in many forms.  This particular one came to me in a bottle of iced tea my boyfriend recently picked up at the drugstore.  He had just given up drinking Coke, and needed a healthier pick-me-up after a long day at work.  He settled on a bottle of Gold Peak Tea (which I later learned is a subsidiary of Coke).  After drinking most of the bottle, he left a little behind in my fridge.  Being a nutritionist, I’m a big label-reader, and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read it– a single 18.5 oz. bottle of green tea contains 35g of sugar (that’s just under 9 teaspoons)!  NINE teaspoons of sugar in a single serving of iced tea that I make at home?  Now, THAT would NEVER happen on my watch!

What the makers of Gold Peak/ Coca Cola say to sell their product:

“If you want home-brewed taste, start with mountain-grown tea, pure filtered water and just the right balance of sweetness.”

Truth: most tea is mountain grown, so no big deal there.  And I think we can all agree that 9 TEASPOONS of sugar per serving isn’t the “right balance”.   Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, get this: GP’s sweet tea product contains a whopping 12 TEASPOONS of sugar per 18.5oz. bottle!

Note: The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a daily total of no more than 25g of sugar.

Let’s compare:

1 bottle of Gold Peak Iced Tea – $1.50


1 pitcher of St. Dalfour (or your brand of choice) organic homemade iced tea – 25 cents for two tea bags * (plus five minutes and pure water)

*no pesticides, no plastic bottle, you control the amount of sugar!


Some of my favorite teas include Davidson’s Caramel Peach with Coconut, and Numi Tea’s Chai and Chocolate Pu-erh.  Check out their websites for home-brewing recipes!

By making your iced tea at home, you’re not only taking charge of your health by saying NO to excess sugar and toxic chemicals, you’re also saving the environment!  Who knew that all it takes to be a superhero is some DIY iced tea?!

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