Green tea has a multitude of proven health benefits. It has antioxidants and has been said to help aid in weight loss and in the fight against cancer. There are many kinds of green tea available, but most require a certain amount of preparation. Loose leaves are the best for making tea. The leaves are unprocessed and should be fresh. But making green tea straight from leaves does involve boiling and straining out the leaves. Lipton Diet Green Tea is conveniently ready to drink. But does it have the same health benefits?
Green tea made straight from leaves tends to have a stronger green taste than tea made from bags or bottled tea like Lipton. This can be good if you really enjoy the taste, but bad if you don’t prepare the tea correctly. When green tea leaves, either loose or in the bag, are left to steep too long, they can become bitter. It only takes a few extra minutes in the water for your tea leaves to make the entire brew almost inedible. Lipton Diet Green Tea has been prepared to be light and not bitter, every time. If you don’t want to have to worry about steeping and bitterness, the convenience of Lipton Green Tea is a huge benefit.
Also, green tea is traditionally drunk with no sweetener. If you are traveling in China and ask for some sugar in your green tea, you are going to get some very strange looks indeed. Americans are used to drinking their tea with a little sweet taste. Most bottled teas, however, are too sweet, drowning out the flavor of the tea and filling you with corn syrups and refined sugars. Lipton Diet Green Tea is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. It’s also flavored with aspartame and acesulfame K, which means no calories. Independent reviewers have called it “not very sweet at all, which is actually perfect.”
Green tea has a large amount of antioxidants, which get rid of free radicals--cell-damaging molecules. Drinking tea--either green or black--that is rich with antioxidants can lead to reducing the risk of heart disease and different kinds of cancers, as well as strengthening the immune system. According to the official Lipton website, Lipton Diet Green Tea with Citrus has 72 mg of protective antioxidants per 8 fluid oz. serving and 108 mg of antioxidants per 12 fluid oz. serving.
Lipton Diet Green Tea is also low in calories. The average bottled or canned beverage has a huge number of calories, usually from corn syrups. Coke has 97 calories per 8 fluid oz.. Sprite has 96 per 8 fluid oz. and Fanta Orange has even more: 111 calories per 8 fluid oz. But Lipton Diet Green Tea has 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 sugar and 0 carbohydrates for the same portion.