Most people consider green tea as hydrating calorie free beverage. It is often indicated that there are no calories in green tea without any additives or sweeteners. When is normally brewed, without sugar or milk, teas contain no calories. But does tea actually have zero calories?
Contrary to common opinion, all teas contain some calories, but very few. It is true that green tea has no traces of fats, and therefore no calories coming from fat.
If you read the nutrition and facts, on your green tea box, you will see that it has 1 calorie (or sometimes 2). About 9 seconds of walking burns the calories in a cup of tea.
The amount of calories in tea will depend on what you put in it. Green teas can contain more calories only if you add sugar, milk, honey or cream. All these additives have calories.
Sugar has 15 calories per teaspoon.
Honey contains average 22 calories per teaspoon.
The calories in milk vary depending on the fat content of the milk (average milk contains 91 to 150 calories per cup).
Cream could add even more calories, up to 70 depending on variety and quantity.
Many studies suggest that active ingredients in green tea may boost metabolism and help burn fat. Substances in green tea known as polyphenols, specifically the catechins, are responsible for the tea’s fat-burning effect.
Green tea consumption is recommended up to eight cups per day and that is only few extra calories per day.
So, green tea naturally contains little calories, but if you sweeten tea with sugar, you are adding calories there too.
Note: All figures are approximate; this site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.