Does Unsweetened Tea Have Sugar?

Does Unsweetened Tea Have Sugar?

Tea is a worldwide phenomenon and has been for hundreds — if not thousands — of years. It takes many different shapes and forms, has many different tastes and smells, and fits into many diverse lifestyles and daily routines. Maybe you’re one of the many people who’s looking to cut out some sugar from your diet. You’re probably wondering, does unsweetened tea have sugar or carbs?

Overhead view of a cup of unsweetened tea surrounded by a jar of honey and two bowls of sugar on a blue floral cloth.

Does the Actual Tea Have Sugar?

Whether you’re a tea drinker for pleasure, health, or both, you will have to ask yourself some questions about it as you change your lifestyle to reduce sugar and carbs. First of all, you should always talk to your doctor before making changes to your diet in order to make the change in a safe and healthy way.

When it comes to tea, the first thing you should think about is how you usually enjoy tea. If you’re pretty devoted to sweet iced tea, or to cream and sugar in your morning brew, you’re obviously going to make some changes to avoid sugar and carbs. Also, think about what kind of snacks you usually associate with your tea. If you want to cut out some of the things you usually eat with your tea, it might take a bit of time to make some new associations.

But does unsweetened tea have sugar? There is not one definitive answer to this question. At Plum Deluxe, our teas don’t contain sugar, but some brands of teas do. Dessert teas that have candy pieces or chocolate chips in the mix will add some sugar to your cup. Also, while all the sugar is natural, you should be cautious and sparing with teas that have a lot of fruit pieces in them if you need something that is low carb or diabetic-friendly.

Overhead view of a mug of tea next to a small plate of chocolate chips on a blue floral print cloth.

Sweet Tea Alternatives

Tea can be a good way to get your sweetness fix without high sugar content. It may take some adjustment if you’re trying to train away your sweet tooth. If you don’t feel like you can get the taste you love without added sweeteners, check out this helpful post on how to make tea taste better without sugar.

Dessert teas are a great option for capturing your favorite flavors while avoiding sugar. If you love cookies, try our Vanilla Sugar Cookie snickerdoodle tea. Our cinnamon apple spice tea gives a cozy, autumn pie feeling, and Sweet Spot butterscotch tea lives up to its name.

When considering dietary changes, it is always important to consult with a medical professional who is familiar with you and your health. If cutting out sugar or carbs ends up being a good step for you to take, then with the proper attention to detail you can make unsweetened tea a healthy and satisfying part of your daily routine.

Overhead view of a cup of unsweetened tea surrounded by a jar of honey and two bowls of sugar on a dark blue floral print cloth.

Does Unsweetened Tea Have Sugar?

Elora Powell

Elora is a writer, comic-book lover, and all around geek. She loves pairing records from the 1960s with great cups of tea, and is currently becoming the kind of person that will ask you if you've ever tried Pu Erh.

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