Which is worse: sweet tea or soda?

My friend is trying to eat and drink healthier and asked me which is worse: regular soda or sweet tea. I told her I would think the acid in the soda would be worse and at least the tea has some health benefits like antioxidants. She heard that they were equally bad.

I told her I would consult a group of experts and get back to her.

So what do you think? Which is worse?
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As far as sugar and calories, it's probably about the same. But soda has all kinds of chemicals and other nasty stuff, so I guess if it was just straight tea that had sugar added, tea would be better.

As far as sugar and calories, it's probably about the same. But soda has all kinds of chemicals and other nasty stuff, so I guess if it was just straight tea that had sugar added, tea would be better.
Originally Posted by Jaynee

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depends on who makes the tea


tell her to just drink water, thats the healthiest!
It depends upon how much sugar she uses. When I make sweet tea, I use 3 tsp of sugar per 12 oz. which is a LOT less sugar than a soda.

I think the soda is much worse. A teaspoon of sugar has only 16 calories, most sodas have 150 and are loaded with sugar.

Unless she pours a cup of sugar into her cup of tea, there's no contest.
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depends on who makes the tea


tell her to just drink water, thats the healthiest!
Originally Posted by turtles
Chick-fil-a. That's her favorite. I like it too but when I get it I tell them to do half and half.

Oh I've told her to drink water but she won't listen. She is stubborn!
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They're essentially the same. A large Chik Fil A sweet tea has 220 calories. A large Coke has 250 calories. As far as anti-oxidants go, that's most likely grasping a straws a bit. I bet the CFA sweet tea is so far removed from actual tea leaves that there's very little anti-oxidants going on.

Coke does have sodium so I guess if she had to find something, anything that makes one worse than the other, that would make the Coke worse.
Calories being relatively equal, I would vote for sweat tea, assuming it's sweetened with plain sugar. It just seems the more "natural" of the two, so the lesser of the evils.
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Many sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup which is supposed to be rather nasty.... I forget why, I just avoid it altogether.
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Yeah, their website doesn't list ingredients. I wouldn't assume the tea is sweetened with sugar instead of corn syrup. If the goal is to eat healthy, I'd stay away from both. Maybe she should get the unsweetened tea and add her own sugar.
I'd say the sweet tea is better, if it didn't have HFCS as the sweetener and the tea is made from tea leaves and not a powdered mix. I've never had CFA so I don't know what's in their sweet tea.
I prefer Diet Coke.
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If she's making her own tea, then the tea would be healthier, especially if she's using green or white tea, which have a lot of health benefits. If she's just buying junk tea or soda at places like Chik-Fil-A, it doesn't matter...both are junk.
Many sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup which is supposed to be rather nasty.... I forget why, I just avoid it altogether.
Originally Posted by 2poodles
HFC and sugar have the exact same effect on the body. The only issue with HFC is that it's in pretty much all processed foods (or at least those you're likely to get outside of Whole Foods).
I keep reading about sweet tea on the boards. Is it like iced tea?
I keep reading about sweet tea on the boards. Is it like iced tea?
Originally Posted by medussa

Sweet tea is just tea that has already been sweetened. You're more likely to find it in restaurants in the South. In the North, unsweetened tea is more standard...we expect to add our own sugar.

When I'm in the South, I order unsweetened tea, because I don't trust what they have sweetened it with, or how much they put in.
I keep reading about sweet tea on the boards. Is it like iced tea?
Originally Posted by medussa

Sweet tea is just tea that has already been sweetened. You're more likely to find it in restaurants in the South. In the North, unsweetened tea is more standard...we expect to add our own sugar.

When I'm in the South, I order unsweetened tea, because I don't trust what they have sweetened it with, or how much they put in.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Yes! I always put my own sugar in because I don't do Splenda, Sweet'N Low, aspartame or any of that artificial crap sugar.
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I keep reading about sweet tea on the boards. Is it like iced tea?
Originally Posted by medussa

Sweet tea is just tea that has already been sweetened. You're more likely to find it in restaurants in the South. In the North, unsweetened tea is more standard...we expect to add our own sugar.

When I'm in the South, I order unsweetened tea, because I don't trust what they have sweetened it with, or how much they put in.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Sweet tea is ice tea where the sugar is either boiled with the water or added after the water has boiled but while it's still hot. That way, the sugar granules melt. Adding the sugar/sweetener when it's cold doesn't taste the same, imo. And the sugar always sinks to the bottom of the glass.

I went to high school in the South and I do love sweet tea, but it's fattening. These days, I drink my iced tea straight, with no sweetener. Love iced green tea.
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I hardly ever drink sweet tea from anywhere because 99% of the time, it's made far too sweet for my taste. If I do drink tea, it's unsweetened. I HATE all bottled teas. I have yet to find one that I like.

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