Which Has More Carbs, a Can of Coke or a Jar Sweetened Tea?

Surprise, a bottle of sweetened tea can have more carbohydrates than a can of Coke.

I was browsing Costco the other day and jotted down the carbohydrate content of a few of the common brands of sweetened teas that were for sale and was surprised by their high carbohydrate content as well as their very misleading labeling.Ā  I’ve listed the carbohydrate amounts per bottle or can becauseĀ  who drinks a cup of something and throws the rest away.

Iced Tea

  • Tazo Organic Ice Tea – 30 gram of carbohydrates (1 bottle)
  • Arizona Green Tea – 34 gram of carbohydrates (1 bottle)
  • Snapple Black and Green tea – 56 gram of carbohydrates (1 bottle)


  • Coke – 39.9 grams ( 1 can)
  • Dr. Pepper – 40.5 grams of carbohydrates (1 can)
  • Red Bull – 28.2 grams of carbohydrates (1 can)

So don’t be fooled by the natural labeling on the multitude of ice teas out there.Ā  Be certain your drinking unsweetened tea, water or coffee through your day. Anything else (even artificially sweetened drinks) will cause you to put on more weight than necessary.

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Dr. Patrick M. Nemechek, D.O.
September 9, 2009 3:26 pm

Marc, I’m sure there are a lot of theoretical and metaphysical reasons why some would prefer honey over simple table sugar or Sweet n Low but I don’t think they matter much. The big question is the volume of any of these products you might get in your diet. A little sugar, honey or Sweet in Low in 1-2 glasses of tea a day is probably of very little importance in view of one’s over all carbohydrate consumption. Obviously drinking large amounts of tea with honey or table sugar all day long can add up to some serious carb consumption.… Read more »

Marc Fountain
Marc Fountain
September 9, 2009 7:08 am

I’ve been trying to reduce my intake of not only processed sugars, but diet drinks as well. I thought by drinking tea and using a natural sweetner as honey would be a good choice. But a recent google search on honey provided information that using a spoonful of honey is worse that using sugar.

Any information or comment back on the use of honey as opposed to sugar or even Sweet n Low would be great.

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