Calories in herbal teas and blends

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Dec 2nd, '11, 22:49
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Calories in herbal teas and blends

by lewiswharf » Dec 2nd, '11, 22:49

When blended with fruits, flavors or other ingredients (not milk, sugar etc. that you might add), how many calories does a typical serving have? Can we drink to much of these teas, calorie-wise?

Examples from Adagio:

Chamomile
https://www.adagio.com/herbal/chamomile.html

Rooibos Vanilla
https://www.adagio.com/rooibos/rooibos_vanilla.html

Blood Orange
https://www.adagio.com/herbal/blood_orange.html

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Dec 3rd, '11, 11:22
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Re: Calories in herbal teas and blends

by sencha » Dec 3rd, '11, 11:22

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, most tea contains only 2 calories. Flavored soda on the other hand contains 100+ calories. You'd have to drink 50+ cups of tea before consuming the same amount of calories as a single soda. If you're worried about gaining weight, you'd be much wiser to focus on everything else you eat/drink, rather than the tea :D

Dec 5th, '11, 10:38
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Re: Calories in herbal teas and blends

by lewiswharf » Dec 5th, '11, 10:38

sencha wrote:You'd have to drink 50+ cups of tea before consuming the same amount of calories as a single soda. If you're worried about gaining weight, you'd be much wiser to focus on everything else you eat/drink, rather than the tea :D
I was curious more than anything. Cheers.

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Dec 15th, '11, 12:49
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Re: Calories in herbal teas and blends

by AlexZorach » Dec 15th, '11, 12:49

Yes...the calorie content of nearly all herbal teas is negligible. The sole exception to this are herbal teas that have soluble sugars...but the amount of soluble sugars in natural herbs is minimal.

Even herbal teas made out of liberal quantities of whole pieces of dried fruit will tend to have minimal calories, because the amount you are infusing is so small and typically, not all the sugar is extracted.

A few spices or herbs, such as the seeds of plants, contain calorie-rich fats, but this is typically not extracted during infusion because it is not water-soluble. It stays in the dry mix and is discarded when you throw out the used herbal tea.

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