Lately, I’ve been teaching my mom how to make healthier food choices. I have to give her credit because she tries. She really does try, but sometimes she kind of misses the mark.
Every now and then she’ll present me with a food product and proudly say something like, “Look I bought this and it’s healthy.” Sometimes said food product is actually healthy. Other times, like in the case of this bottled green tea from Lipton, it’s so far from healthy it might as well be a KFC Double Down. (OK, not really, but you get the point.)
I don’t blame her on this one, though. Of course she associated healthiness with green tea. Anything you ever hear or read about green tea emphasizes all of its many amazing health benefits. Like, its probable abilities to burn extra belly fat or fight off illness. Unfortunately, when the first (and therefore most prevalent) ingredient in your “green tea” is high fructose corn syrup, it’s suddenly not as healthy as you’d hoped it’d be.
Does anyone else find it completely preposterous that green tea is not the first, not the second, not the third, not the fourth, not the fifth, but the SIXTH ingredient in this product that is primarily labeled as GREEN TEA?! What is this madness?
This product is, and should be called, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP WATER. And that my friends is why this not, not, not at all “healthy.” Let me be clear, though. There’s no definitive answer to whether or not high fructose corn syrup is a worse sweetener than regular table sugar. But it is man-made from corn (much of which is genetically modified) and highly processed, two things I can tell you you’ll definitely want to avoid if your aiming for truly clean and healthy eating. Plus, its too often that many of us accidentally over-consume calories and added sugar through beverages.
Instead of bottled green tea, buy green tea leaves or tea bags and brew your own. Add honey or lemon for flavor, and then you’ll have something that’s really healthy.