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

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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.  I’ve listed the carbohydrate amounts per bottle or can because  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.  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.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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