The Best & Worst Bottles Teas in America in 2021—Ranked!

We love southern sweet tea as much as the next person, but if we look at the most popular tea products on the market, how do they really measure up for our health?

Tea has a long-standing reputation, especially in eastern medicine. These earthy brews have many health benefits that go back hundreds of years! Tea is chock full of antioxidants, cancer-fighting properties, and immune-boosting compounds!

The trouble with tea products, particularly in the Western parts of the world, is that we load our teas with sweeteners. In doing so, we significantly degrade their nutritional value. Common sweeteners can vary from more natural to highly artificial.

The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that women should consume no more than 25 grams of added sugar in a day and 38 grams for men. Most popular tea brands blow these numbers out of the water in just one serving!

When classifying the worst and best teas on the grocery store shelves, we specifically must hone in on the sugar content. The best products will be brewed simply and without many additives—just as tea was made to be consumed!

We know what you're thinking; you can just buy the diet version! Well, yes. Of course, the diet tea options certainly have the competitive advantage of being lower calorie but they are sweetened artificially. While artificial sweeteners are generally recognized as safe for the public, they still are associated with many self-reported wonky symptoms like headaches, stomach aches, and increased sugar cravings!

So, the best choice for you might be a little more personal. Ranked from the absolute worst to best, here are the bottled and canned teas on shelves you should buy—or skip—next time you're at the store. Then, be sure to check out our list of 112 Most Popular Sodas Ranked by How Toxic They Are.

24

Pure Leaf Extra Sweet Tea

pure lead extra sweet tea

Per 18.5 oz. bottle: 240 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 5 mg sodium, 64 g carbs (0 g fiber, 64 g sugar), 0 g protein

This fan-favorite takes the title for the worst tea we could find on the market. With an emphasis on the extra, this product lives up to its name with 240 calories and 64 grams of sugar.

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23

Joe Tea Sweet Tea

joe tea sweet tea

Per 18 oz. bottle: 250 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 62.5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 60 g sugar), 0 g protein

A close second, this product is also 250 calories per bottle with nearly 60 grams of sugar! Talk about a sugar crash, you're only going to get empty calories here.

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22

Bare Nature Vitamin Iced Tea – Peach

Per 20 oz. bottle: 225 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 57.5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 57.5 g sugar), 0 g protein

Wowzers, this product is proof that marketing can make a brand appear deceivingly healthy. With 225 calories per bottle, this choice is not much better than the rest before it. One redeeming quality is that it's crafted with non-GMO cane sugar.

21

Arizona Green Tea with Honey

arizona green tea honey

Per 15.5 oz. can: 210 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 54 g carbs (0 g fiber, 52 g sugar), 0 g protein

Yikes! Green tea with honey sounds so healthy; but when we flipped the can around to look at the nutrition label, we discovered it contains 210 calories per can and 52 sugars—the majority of which come from high-fructose corn syrup. This product is not much better than your average soda.

20

Gold Peak Sweet Tea

gold peak sweet tea

Per 18.5 oz. bottle: 190 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 48 g carbs (0 g fiber, 48 g sugar), 0 g protein

This bottle of tea is found in nearly all grocers and convenience store options. It's a solid middle-of-the-road choice with 190 calories per bottle and 48 grams of sugar—still too high in our book.

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19

Snapple Mango

snapple mango

Per 16 oz. bottle: 190 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (0 g fiber, 45 g sugar), 0 g protein

Snapple has nailed their flavor profiles, but their nutrition facts leave much to be desired. This product contains 190 calories and 45 grams of sugar per bottle—more than the recommended amount per day by the AHA!

18

Snapple Peach

snapple peach

Per 16 oz. bottle: 160 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (0 g fiber, 40 g sugar), 0 g protein

This American favorite is still a little on the sweet side, but it's an improvement from the worst. With 160 calories per bottle and 40 grams of sugar, they crafted a tea that is moderately sweet without compromising on flavor!

17

Peace Tea Caddy Shack

peace tea caddy shack

Per 1 can: 160 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (0 g fiber, 38 g sugar), 0 g protein

This brand is certainly trying to win some favors with its sugar-reducing tactics. They use apple juice, cane sugar, and sucralose to sweeten their product. This combo is still not cutting it as their tea clocks in at 160 calories and 38 sugars per can!

16

Gold Peak Green Tea

gold peak green tea

Per 16.9 oz. bottle: 140 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (0 g fiber, 35 g sugar), 0 g protein

With 140 calories and 35 grams of sugar, this green tea is still ultra-sweet. It's not the worst, but it's certainly not the best.

15

Arnold Palmer Lite

arnold palmer lite

Per 20 oz. tallboy: 130 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (0 g fiber, 31 g sugar), 0 g protein

For your half-lemonade-half-tea fix with a fraction of the sugar content of the traditional option, this can does provide. But with a high amount of sugar (31 grams), it's best to split this can between two.

14

Lipton Brisk Lemon Tea

lipton brisk lemon tea

Per 20 oz. bottle: 110 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (0 g fiber, 29 g sugar), 0 g protein

These classic cans of tea clock in at 110 calories per bottle, but are primarily made of high-fructose corn syrup—certainly not my first choice for a sugar option!

13

Yerba Mate

yerba mate

Per 15.5 oz. can: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 20 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 0 g protein

This South American staple has made its way to the U.S. market. Luckily, it measures up pretty well when compared to traditional brands. With only 100 calories per can, this choice focuses on high-quality ingredients with organic tea and organic cane sugar.

12

Lipton Half Tea/Half Lemonade

lipton half tea half lemonade

Per 16.9 oz. bottle: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (0 g fiber, 25 g sugar), 0 g protein

While this option might look like an improvement due to having only 100 calories for the whole bottle, the majority of these calories are coming from high-fructose corn syrup—yikes!

Related: 23 Surprising Foods That Contain High Fructose Corn Syrup

11

Pure Leaf Organic Green Tea w/ Apple

pure leaf organic green tea apple

Per 14 oz. bottle: 80 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 20 g carbs (0 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 0 g protein

This organic choice is a turning point on the list with double-digit calories! Only 80 calories per bottle here, but this option still packs a sweet punch with 20 grams of sugar.

10

Lipton Iced Tea Herbal Orange Blossom

lipton iced tea herbal orange blossom

Per 16.9 oz. bottle: 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (0 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 0 g protein

With 18 sugars per bottle and added sweetness from stevia, this product is extra sweet without the extra calories.

9

Honest Tea Organic Peach Oolong

honest tea organic peach oolong

Per 16.9 oz. bottle: 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 0 g protein

This fun option is lightly sweetened with peach puree and organic agave syrup. With 16 grams of sugar per bottle, it is definitely an upgrade from conventional peach tea!

8

Tazo Hibiscus Passion Tea

Per 12 oz. bottle: 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (0 g fiber, 16 g sugar), 0 g protein

Caffeine-free and organic, this trendy option is a step up from the rest of the pack. With 70 calories and 16 grams of organic sugar, this floral option really outshines the others so far.

7

Pure Leaf Lightly Sweet

pure leaf lightly sweet

Per 14 oz. bottle: 60 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 15 g carbs (0 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 0 g protein

This product offers the lowest calories yet with only 60 calories per bottle. Made simply with black tea and sugar, this option is lightly sweet and hard to beat.

6

Diet Snapple Peach

diet snapple peach

Per 16 oz. bottle: 10 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 1 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

This bottled tea has a conflict of interest. On one hand, it offers a great, low-calorie option for your sweet tea fix. On the other hand, it is brewed with aspartame which is not our first choice for an added sweetener.

5

Lipton Diet Green Tea

lipton diet green tea

Per 16 oz. bottle: 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

This option looks too good to be true as a zero-calorie choice! The antioxidants in green tea will give you a boost here; but again, we are not huge fans of aspartame as the sweetener of choice.

4

Bai Super Tea

bai super tea

Per 18 oz. bottle: 10 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 10 mg sodium, 11 g carbs (0 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 0 g protein

This product is giving black tea a run for its money. Sweetened with erythritol and stevia, this choice is way ahead of the tea industry with only 10 calories per bottle!

3

Tiesta Tea Lean Green Machine

tiesta tea lean green machine

Per 16 oz. bottle: 25 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 0 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 0 g protein

Sweetened with agave syrup and brewed with hints of lemon, orange, and lemongrass, this product is a close tie for first place! The only thing holding it back is those 5 grams of sugar from the syrup—but that's a measly amount when you consider more traditional tea products on the market.

2

Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Tea

pure lead unsweetened green tea

Per 18.5 oz. bottle: 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 15 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Picking a favorite is hard, and this runner-up doesn't make it any easier. This product offers the antioxidant benefits of green tea without the sugar rush! We love this refreshing, no-calorie option for a simple afternoon pick-me-up.

1

Tejava Unsweetened Mint Iced Tea

tejava unsweetened mint iced tea

 

Per 16.9 oz. bottle: 0 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 8 mg sodium, 0 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 0 g protein

Zero calories, zero sugars—it's easy to understand why this is the winner! You won't even miss the sugar in this product, because it is perfectly balanced with mint. You'll get your thirst quenched without the empty calories or added sugars.

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