Calories in Tea

I was wondering if anyone knew how many calories Lupicia teas (tea leaf/tea bag) tend to run. I know that generally teas (with the exception of sweetened/bottled/etc.) are very low in calories, but Lupicia, like some other fancy teas, puts things such as mango, cocoa, etc. etc. Obviously I’m not listing a particular tea, but even an estimate would be very appreciated.

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James R said

Time to get scientific here. This assumes you are not putting additional sweetener/creamer in your tea. A calorie can be either fat carbohydrate or protein. In a tea, obviously there is no fat or protein, but there could be carbohydrate from the fructose in the dried fruit. Fructose is extremely water soluble, but luckily the amount of fruit in a mixed tea or teasane is negligible when it comes to the calorie content of the steeped tea liquor. If you figure, for instance a mango has 17 grams of carbohydrate per 100 grams of mass, so then you are measuring your tea to about 5 grams of tea per 8 oz of water. Figure the tea is a 50-50 blend of fruit to tea, you are left with 2.5 grams of mango. Those 2.5 grams of mango will contain .0425 grams of carbohydrate. Given there are 4 grams of carbohydrates per 1 calorie, you would need to drink 23 8oz cups of that mango tea to consume a single calorie.

On a side note: 8 oz of Coca Cola has 100 calories, which figures to be 2300 cups of tea before you consume the caloric content of a single Coca Cola.

Kittenna said

Dried mango only has 17 grams of carbohydrate per 100g? That seems low to me, although I could be wrong :) Either way it would still end up being negligible I’m sure.

teawade said

haha I like that last part comparing 1 serving of coke to 2300 servings of tea. It really puts it into perspective. Great read and thanks for taking the time to post! Tea for the win!

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Wow—that was an awesome answer; I love the mathematical approach. Thanks!

James R said

Yeah no problem…I always hated math class growing up too, who knew it would actually come in handy once you grew up!

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