water vs iced tea (not sugared)

4mouseketeers
By 4mouseketeers Latest Reply 2014-06-11 16:37:24 -0500
Started 2014-06-05 16:09:56 -0500

Is it ok to drink non-sugared iced tea rather than water? Ann 4 mouseketeers


23 replies

Pegsy
Pegsy 2014-06-11 16:37:24 -0500 Report

I drink lots of tea everyday. My favorite is to combine decaf green tea with lemongrass tea. I sweeten that with a little bit of Stevia. Green tea has a lot of antioxidants for good health.

eristar
eristar 2014-06-11 06:52:03 -0500 Report

I drink a lot of iced tea all summer. (I have always preferred my tea unsweetened anyway.) Especially like peach tea iced!

MrsCDogg
MrsCDogg 2014-06-08 13:38:03 -0500 Report

Iced tea without sugar is a very healthy drink, in my opinion. I make at least a gallon of it almost every day and that's what my husband drinks all day long. I use a little Splenda in it. Personally, I drink mostly water.

Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-06-07 21:56:46 -0500 Report

I like to make sun tea in the summertime by placing tea bags in a quart glass pitcher, filling it up with water, covering it to keep the bugs out, and then sitting it outside in the sun to steep. When it's done steeping I remove the tea bags and keep it in the fridge. I like to mix green tea with herbal teas to make a variety of flavors. ~Lynn @Glucerna

4mouseketeers
4mouseketeers 2014-06-08 07:00:56 -0500 Report

Yes, I hadn't even thought of using any different kind of tea other than plain ol' Lipton until Haoleboy mentioned it. So I did try mixing Lipton & peppermint. And plan to try others after checking out the grocery store. I like organic Chia hot so maybe it would be just as good cold.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-06-07 09:33:38 -0500 Report

I drink tea all the time. BUT I do drink decaf tea or herbal teas when I can (at home that is all I make) It helps keep me hydrated better than caffeinated tea.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-06 17:44:15 -0500 Report

I remember my Mother telling me that they always boiled their water, then boiled and made tea and coffee. This was because she lived in the country and they not only had a well, but caught rain water in barrels. She said she remembers in the summer hauling water up from the creek. They made their own herbal teas etc.
So I would say tea especially green tea made with boiling water would be good for you.

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-05 23:19:11 -0500 Report

My Mom switched from Diet Decaf Coke to tea sweetened with a little artificial sweetener. She has gone 9 months now without a UTI. Cross your fingers that I don't jinx it. :-)
It really is the caffeine that dehydrates you, not the tea itself and the sugar you add is what raises BG not the tea. I think unsweetened decaf and herbal teas are fine as long as you are not overdoing an herbal tea that has 'medicinal' effects.

wraithmb
wraithmb 2014-06-05 20:25:28 -0500 Report

By "iced tea" do you mean tea that is cooled, or iced tea as in the powdered instant stuff? If you're asking about the powdered mixes, check the label. Some "light" mixes are reduced sugar rather than sugar free. About the only powdered mixes I drink are the "Crystal Light" ones. A little more expensive… But sooooo tasty :-)

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-06 13:22:46 -0500 Report

Another use for Crystal Light is to sprinkle a little of it into plain yogurt to get flavored yogurt without the added carbs…you can also use some sugar-free gelatin to do this.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-06-05 19:36:03 -0500 Report

one of the few pleasures left is iced Earl Grey on a hot summer day (my British friends consider this blasphemous)

4mouseketeers
4mouseketeers 2014-06-05 21:27:57 -0500 Report

Is that because they don't think Earl Grey should be cold??

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-06-05 21:54:59 -0500 Report

yup … but most of them like their (hot)tea with milk … something I just can't do. I also use Darjeeling and Green Chai w/ orange which is particularly good also. I won't ice a tea that I don't drink hot. prefer loose leaf to bag teas

_/\_
Steve

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-06-05 17:25:00 -0500 Report

there are nutritional benefits to drinking tea (particularly green tea) and the notion that tea (caffeine) will dehydrate you is an old wives tale

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-05 16:14:24 -0500 Report

Other than the caffeine it might contain, I don't see a problem substituting unsweetened iced tea for water.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-06-05 20:39:07 -0500 Report

Hey Lou, don't they have decaffeinated? Problem is I think they use chlorine in the decaffeinating process! Oh, what the heck, just drink it and enjoy it! (-;
Seriously, I think it's safe to do so!!!

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-06 13:20:26 -0500 Report

I rarely drink iced tea…would rather drink iced coffee or just water with lemon…and the water won't stain your teeth like the tea and coffee will. As to caffeine, I usually drink the full-caffeinated stuff.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-06-06 18:09:08 -0500 Report

Nothing like a cup of java in the AM to get that bit of oomph!
Now, if you find that your water does stain your teeth, better switch to bottled, or try a new toothpaste ! LOL