This just in – the FDA doesn’t support the claim of green tea manufacturers that green tea reduces the risk of heart disease. My response: No problem! Last summer, while browsing around a tiny gourmet food shop in northern New Jersey, I found a sweet alternative: Inko’s White Iced Tea ($2 at Whole Foods or $23 for a case of 12 at healthywhitetea.com).
It’s made from white tea, which comes from the root of the tea plant instead of the leaves and tastes less harsh than its green or black counterparts. Though not conclusive yet, some studies even suggest that white tea contains more free-radical fighting antioxidants than green or black tea. This delightful bottle of naturally sweetened tea tastes light and crisp with just the right touch of sweetness, has no aftertaste (Snapple, anyone?) and comes in nine fresh-out-of-nature flavors like apricot and blueberry. Some are better than others (love the lychee and apricot!), but overall, the flavor beats out any other bottled iced tea I’ve ever had. I loved them so much, in fact, that I had an entire case delivered to my house so my fridge would be stocked all summer long. The best part? With only 28 calories, 7 grams of sugar and less than 1 milligram of sodium per serving, it’s a guilt-free refresher. Sip it in anywhere you wish – airport, car ride, veranda – and feel great about its ability to fend off free radicals.