Regular readers will recall my fondness for Honest Tea, a variety of bottled iced tea brewed in the U.S. and until last year available locally here in Charlottetown. One of the things I like about Honest Tea is that it’s much less sweeter that commonly available iced teas from Lipton and Nestle.
When Shoppers Drug Mart, my local source for Honest Tea, dropped the brand and replaced it with the Canadian Urban Zen brand, I made the mistake of not looking at the nutrition label: it was in the “health” section of the store, after all, and replaced a brand with less sugar. So it must be “healthy,” right?
Recently, however, I began to notice that after downing a 16 oz. bottle of the Urban Zen Green Tea with Ginger, I felt a little like I’d just eaten half a chocolate cake. A glance at the label showed me why: every bottle contains 41 grams of sugar: that’s as much sugar, it says here, as a can of Pepsi, and equates to “seven teaspoons or 13 lumps of sugar.”
No wonder I felt like I’d just eaten half a chocolate cake: I had.
Contrast this to the one packet (equals 1 teaspoon, equals 4 grams) of sugar I put in my morning cappuccino, and is it any wonder that the cappuccino lifestyle makes me feel much less frenetic.