Can you add sugar to green tea? Does adding sugar to green tea reduce its benefits?

You've probably heard of these questions before.

Green tea is well-known for its health benefits. It contains almost no calories amount, making it even a better drink for weight loss.

While adding sugar to your green tea consumption doesn’t take away those benefits of tea, it could significantly increase the calorie content of your drink. Which leads to a variety of health problems.

Health Benefits of Green Tea

Camellia sinensis leaves
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Green tea are made of Camellia sinensis leaves. Unlike other type of teas, it undergoes the least amount of oxidation process. Resulting in highest amount of beneficial polyphenols and natural antioxidants.  

These natural compounds help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. Drinking green tea could boost your metabolism and improve your body efficiency, among many others.

According to study, you should drink 5 or more cups to get the optimal health benefits of green tea. You could store loose green tea leaves — properly — for up to 2 months.

Risk of Added Sugar

A teaspoon of sugar contains about 16 calories. As mentioned earlier, adding sugar to your tea doesn’t take away all its health benefit right on the spot; however, it does increase the calorie content in your cup of tea.

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According to American Heart Association (AHA), the amount of added sugars you could take daily is about 6 teaspoons for female and 9 teaspoons for male.

Let’s say you consume 5 cups of green tea. Adding a teaspoon of sugar every single time could easily add up. And it hasn’t included other drink or snack you consume.

And that’s not all.

Added sugar has been considered to be the main culprit for weight gain and obesity. If you’re drinking green tea for weight loss, adding sugar to your green tea could cancel out the effect.

A Healthier Alternative

So what are the alternative to adding sugar to your tea? Stevia.


Stevia is a natural sweetener & the best sugar substitute. Stevia has no calories and it’s 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration. According to study, stevia has potential for treating obesity and diabetes.

Stevia allows you to consume green tea and get all the health benefits from green tea.

With stevia products, you could add less to your drink to achieve the same degree of sweetness.