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Question: How Many Calories in a Cup of Tea? The Shocking Answer…

By Rob Poulos...

Question: I’m on a diet but I love tea.  How many calories does it have?  Is it safe to drink on a diet?

Answer: Good news–tea is actually one of the best beverages for a diet.  While calorie counts vary from brand to brand, and invariably on what else you add into it (like honey), tea provides that gentle caffeine boost for less than a stalk of celery.  And some brands can be healthy too–like green tea, which may actually reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.

Calories in a Cup of Tea

Let’s get down to the basics.  Served plain, the average cup of tea contains very few calories–around 2 calories, according to most estimates–although it can go up to 5 calories, depending on which types of tea you drink.  Of course, adding in extras such as spices, milk, or sugar will bump up this calorie estimate, so to save the most calories, go plain.

For what it’s worth, tea is an excellent way to start your day.  Just eight ounces of tea carries between 40 to 120 milligrams of caffeine, a central nervous stimulant (don’t worry, it’s safe) that can take the edge off your fatigue.  Better yet, nutritionists say that caffeine also acts as a mild appetite suppressant, making you feel less hungry throughout the day.  If you’re on a diet, then this is good news, and a good reason to sip up.

Also, don’t forget the hydrating effects of tea–although it contains caffeine, which can also have a diuretic effect in the body, tea is mostly comprised of water, which you need to stay hydrated.  If you can’t stand the taste of regular water, then drinking more tea is an excellent substitute.

Calories in Tea Accompaniments

Plain tea isn’t very flavorful, so adding a dash of sugar, milk, or even jam may make it more palatable to your taste buds.  Be careful, though: Most tea accompaniments are packed full of calories, sugar, and fat, which don’t exactly lend to a healthy diet.  Here’s what you need to watch out for:

Sugar. For a touch of sweetness, one teaspoon of sugar adds around 16 calories to your daily cup of tea.  For a stronger flavor, you can also opt for a tablespoon instead, but watch out–just a tablespoon of sugar adds nearly 50 calories to your low-cal beverage.  Instead, you may want to opt for a sugarless substitute instead to save more calories, such as Splenda.

Milk.  Tea on its own isn’t very creamy, but a dash of milk will, especially the whole or 2% kind.  But be careful–just 50 grams of 2% milk contains 25 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat.  That’s the kind of fat you don’t want in your diet.  A better solution: Switch to skim for a lighter way to enjoy tea, which contains fewer calories and fat.

Jam. It’s an odd concept, but the outcome is immensely flavorful–adding a drop of seedless jam into your tea for a sweet, more tart drinking experience.  For what it’s worth, jam isn’t as calorific as milk (it yields about 10 calories less than 2% milk), but it’s still loaded with artificial sugar, which you don’t want in your diet.  For slimmer pickings, consider sugar-free jam instead, which is sweetened with low-cal Splenda instead of the real thing.

Sip up–but remember to keep condiment use low if you’re dieting!

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