Herbal teas, also known as fruit infusions or fruit tisanes, have gained massive popularity in recent years owing to their exceptional taste and numerous health benefits.
Not only are they light on the stomach, but also help you digest faster when taken after a heavy meal. Many people have replaced their morning coffee or black tea with fruit teas. The latter has a calming effect on the mind, comes with little calories and zero caffeine.
These teas are the No.1 item on the list of fitness fanatics who are careful about their calorie consumption. Weight-loss benefits always boil down to what you eat [and drink]. And choosing a clear blend of fruity infusion instead of a sugary cup of milk tea is always a better choice.
If you’re following a strict diet but also love your morning tea, fruit teas are the best choice.
Does fruit tea contain caffeine or sugar?
There’s a big debate about fruit tea’s caffeine and sugar content. People who drink fruit tea regularly feel alert and energized. The kick they get from fruit tea consumption is similar to what they get from caffeine consumption.
That’s why many people believe it’s because of fruit tea’s caffeine content. This is nothing but a misconception.
Fruit teas have zero caffeine. As a matter of fact, they are naturally caffeine-free and void of other similar stimulants.
In fact, the caffeine-like hit that many people get from their fruit tea is caused by the fruits’ natural sugar content which reawakens their senses and keeps dullness at bay.
Calories in a cup of fruit tea
Knowing the exact calorie count may not be possible, and if you do manage to calculate, chances are it won’t be accurate. That’s because the end product can have varying amounts of calories. These calories depend on several factors; such as the way you make your fruit tea, the duration for which you steep the fruits, the size of the fruits, etc.
When making fruit tea, steeping is one of the most important processes. It involves soaking the fruit in hot water to extract its flavor and also to soften it so that it releases all its nutrients.
By doing so, the sugars and carbs from the fruit also make their way into the mix. The amount of the leeched components is what usually decides the number of calories you consume in a cup.
Fruits and calories
Since fruits are the primary ingredients of fruit teas, it is natural for your cup of tea to contain at least some calories in it. These calories mainly come from the carbs and simple sugars present in fruits such as glucose, fructose, sucrose, etc.
Some say that if the entire content of your tea ingredients were nothing but fructose, and if that fructose was to completely dissolve when you made your tea, you’d be consuming somewhere between 4-8 calories per cup which is a standard ceiling for a single cup of tea.
Apple tea is one of the most common and popularly enjoyed fruit teas. It’s quite a simple but delicious blend of sweet and tangy, and people often throw in a stick or two of cinnamon for that extra spice.
Apples typically contain a mix of carbohydrates and natural sugars that account for most of the sugar you consume in an apple tea. A large apple is said to have 130 calories including 34 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of sugars. Apples also supposedly contain more sugar and carbohydrates than most of the other fruits out there.
On the other hand, a medium-sized apple contains only 95 calories where most of the energy comes from its carb content.
That said, if you brew a cup of apple tea without any added or artificial sugars, your drink will definitely have some calories that will seep from the fruit into the liquid in the form of sugars.
Strawberries have high water content; .i.e. 91 percent. They also contain carbohydrates which make up eight percent of their entire content, and much of the calories present in strawberries come from these carbohydrates.
A cup of diced strawberries is said to contain 12.75 grams of carbohydrates. Moreover, almost 64 percent of these carbohydrates consist of sugars where 0.8 grams is sucrose, 4 grams are fructose, and 3.3 grams is glucose.
This shows that on the whole, strawberries have about 7 percent sugar more or less, and they are relatively low in calories compared to other fruits. So, if you were to fix yourself a cup of strawberry tea, you wouldn’t be consuming as many calories as your other favorite, apple tea.
Another universal favorite is raspberry tea, which is usually taken cold. It’s a delicious mixture of sweet and sour, and adds a natural sweetness to your diet.
A cup of raspberries is believed to provide 64 grams of calories which mainly comes from its carbohydrate content. It has around 15 grams of carbohydrates which includes 5.4 grams of naturally-occurring sugars that also provide you with energy.
Like strawberry tea, raspberry tea is also said to be low in calories and an ideal drink for weight-watchers.
As discussed earlier, the actual calorie content in fruits will always be different from the number of calories present in that fruit’s tea.
The significant bit to note here is that the human body does require a certain amount of sugar and carbohydrates which must be included in the diet. One of the best ways to do so is by drinking fruit teas, which are not just a treat for the tastebuds but are also full of numerous health benefits.