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Is Brisk Tea bad for kids?

LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 03:58 PM

So what do u think is brisk tea bad for kids. I would think it has to much sugar for kids to drink. What do you all think..

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  1. Dave MP RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 04:24 PM

    According to caloriecount.about.com (which I have never used before, so I have no idea how accurate it is):

    Brisk Tea has 18 g of sugar per 8 oz serving.

    Meanwhile, Sprite and Coke have about 26 g of sugar per 8 oz serving. Snapple Lemon Iced Tea has 22 g of sugar.

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      ipsedixit RE: Dave MP Jan 8, 2014 07:14 PM

      ... and a medium-large apple or orange generally has about 23g of sugar.

      I think focusing just on sugar is both overinclusive and underinclusive in deciding whether something is "healthy".

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        eLizard RE: ipsedixit Jan 9, 2014 07:35 AM

        i think juice is unhealthy. i give my kid the orange and let him drink water. i know i'm in the minority though. and it rankles a lot of other parents' feathers.

        in the interest of full disclosure (and to suggest i'm not trying to be "holier than thou"), though, i do let my kid drink a bit of coffee on sunday. he's 4. *ducking flame throwers*

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        rosegem369 RE: Dave MP Apr 28, 2014 06:24 PM

        Actually I'm drinking a brisk right now and on the nutrition facts it says brisk has 28 g of sugar so ya

      3. foodieX2 RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 04:30 PM

        If you let your kids drink soda than brisk is no different.

        Sugary drinks are "sometimes" foods in our house and that goes for everyone. There are better calorie choices than juices, sodas, etc.

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          LadyB13 RE: foodieX2 Jan 8, 2014 06:41 PM

          My kids rarely drink sodas but have been wanting brisk tea..i just dont think thats a good drink for kids just like sodas are not. Was just curios what you all think. 18g of sugar sounds like alot

        2. pinehurst RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 07:00 PM

          If your kids like iced tea, there are better options than that. Honest Tea has less sugar (still sweet, though). As an occasional treat, okay, but I would try to introduce flavored seltzers.

          It's your house and your kids, so, your rules!

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            LadyB13 RE: pinehurst Jan 8, 2014 07:08 PM

            An occasional treat doesnt sound bad and it does have less sugar than sodas.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 11:27 PM

              It is all relative. Since you are concern about the high sugar content, then let's just focus on the sugar.

              I got different numbers than DaveMP, so I think you should simply double check on your own.

              A can of Brisk Ice Tea (12 fl oz) has 32-33 g of sugar.



              A can of Coca Cola (12 fl oz) has 39 g of sugar
              A can of Barq Beer (12 fl oz) has 45 g of sugar
              A can of Sprite (12 fl oz) has 38 g of sugar
              A can of Fanta Orange (12 fl oz) has 44 g of sugar.


              A regular snicker candy bar (2 oz) has 29 g for sugar
              A regular Kit Kat bar (1.5 oz) has 20 g of sugar
              A package of Reese Peanut Butter Cups (1.6 oz - 2 cups) has 21 g of sugar

              In other words, a can of Brisk Tea has a little bit less sugar than a typical can of other soda, but a bit more sugar than a typical candy bar.

              I think occasional treat will be perfectly fine. Like Pinehurst said, your house, your kids -- your rules.

          2. JayL RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 07:17 PM

            I'd say let them try one...they likely won't ever ask for another.

            Vile stuff.

            1. EWSflash RE: LadyB13 Jan 8, 2014 07:50 PM

              What is brisk tea? What's wrong with regular tea? I was so surprised (but shouldn't have been) when I went to a totally different work group and saw them getting into all sorts of teas, matcha and oolong, and damn near all lof them sweetened it. I can't stand any tea that's been sweetened, and think it's terible as an idea. The whole sweet tea movement makes my teeth hurt.

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                LadyB13 RE: EWSflash Jan 9, 2014 02:53 PM

                Lol i dont drink tea either i dont like it. But it seems like that what kids like now a days

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                  sunshine842 RE: EWSflash Jan 9, 2014 05:18 PM

                  Brisk is Lipton's brand of pre-made iced tea in a can or bottle.

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                  beevod RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 07:31 AM

                  Ask the kid?

                  1. eLizard RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 07:32 AM

                    i think juice is bad for kids. so yeah, it's just soda.

                    1. WhatsEatingYou RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 10:36 AM

                      Its the fact that it is sweetened with High Fructose Corn Syrup that makes it unhealthy and why I think it should be avoided. Look for an iced tea that is sweetened with sugar instead and avoid artificial sweeteners.

                      1. greygarious RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 01:23 PM

                        Of course. Caffeine and sugar. I saw just this week (Dr. Oz. maybe?) that the canning/bottling process for liquid teas destroys the healthy components contained in tea leaves, which if true would make drinking them even less defensible. It may be possible to wean kids from sugary drinks down to fruit waters with little or no additional sweetening, if done in baby steps.

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                          ferret RE: greygarious Jan 9, 2014 02:36 PM

                          It has nothing to do with canning/bottling other than they use lesser proportions of tea leaves per serving to minimize bitterness. Less tea=fewer beneficial components.

                          Anyone who thinks that drinking sweetened tea is a nutritious alternative to soft drinks is misguided. I drink a lot of bottled tea but I do it for the flavor, not because its "healthy tea."

                        2. Ttrockwood RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 02:54 PM

                          First of all as a black tea it contains caffeine....not sure how old your kids are but that's a con in my book.

                          There is an unsweetened calorie free version:
                          But honestly a homemade iced tea with flavored decaf tea would not only taste better but also you can control the ingredients and sugar.

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                            tastesgoodwhatisit RE: LadyB13 Jan 9, 2014 11:59 PM

                            I basically group pop, fruit juice, juice cocktails, sweetened tea drinks, sweetened milk drinks and sweetened coffee drinks into the same category. They're all high calorie beverages, with most, if not all, of the calories coming from sugar, and little other nutritional benefit.

                            Therefore, for kids or adults, they should be occasional treats rather than a regular part of the diet.

                            The details of 18 g of sugar vs 23 g, or whether the tea is fresh brewed or bottled is pretty minor. Juices aren't much better in general - most of the nutrients and all of the fibre etc are gone by the time it's bottled and sold. [Something like fresh squeezed orange juice with pulp is better, at least vitamin wise, but most of the 100% juice stuff is mainly white grape or apple.]

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                              eLizard RE: tastesgoodwhatisit Jan 10, 2014 07:36 AM

                              exactomundo. people really get mad, though, when i say juice = soda. especially on parenting bulletin boards. but people on those boards get mad about everything.

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                                16crab RE: eLizard Jan 24, 2014 03:51 PM

                                I'm with you. Juice is a sometimes treat in our house. Our kids drink water, the little one still drinks milk. If we are out once a week or so we'll let the big one do soda and the little one do chocolate milk. If we have a busy week where we're out more than once, then it's the treat drink the first time and water the rest.

                                Easy in our house because we don't drink juice or soda ourselves. I love sweets and certainly get enough sugar other ways - but I figure save the calories for the foods I love, beer or wine :)

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                              scoyart RE: LadyB13 Jan 23, 2014 09:10 AM

                              Lipton Brisk tea is kind of nasty and full of unnecessary chemicals (and I am not a food hippie in general). Make sun tea* from tea bags. It takes no effort, is practically free, and you control the sugar. I rarely even use sugar, I just squeeze 1/4 of a lemon or orange into my glass...been doing that since I was 8 or so.

                              *In case you've never done it--pitcher, tap water, and 4-8 tea bags (depending on pitcher size). Set in window or just a warm place. Remove bags when it looks like tea. Refrigerate. I recycle milk jugs for this in the summer.

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                                coll RE: scoyart Jan 23, 2014 09:18 AM

                                They recommended letting it steep in the fridge, sun tea grows bacteria at room temp. That's what that cloudy stuff on top after awhile is. Restaurants and delis here have to keep it in the walk in right from the start (it steeps just as fast) according to the Department of Health.

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                                  TroyTempest RE: coll Jan 23, 2014 10:36 AM

                                  Right. You don't see sun tea advertised anymore.

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                                    KaimukiMan RE: coll Jan 23, 2014 10:59 AM

                                    yes, its interesting but tea does grow bacteria. while putting bottled water in the bright sun can actually kill many bacteria after a few hours, there are enough nutrients in the tea to grow them. seems counterintuitive, but true.

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                                      scoyart RE: KaimukiMan Jan 24, 2014 05:52 AM

                                      Huh. Good to know. Well, I usually use "cold water" tea bags, so it's done in ten minutes...

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                                  emu48 RE: LadyB13 Jan 24, 2014 04:55 PM

                                  Teach your kid to appreciate real (brewed) tea. Kids in Europe grow up drinking tea and coffee and it doesn't seem to hurt them. I drank tea from about age 4 and never quit. As for the horrors of caffeine, do you let you kid drink colas? Loaded with them.

                                  Virtually all packaged sweetened teas are junk food. Wouldn't allow any of them in my house.

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                                    coll RE: emu48 Jan 25, 2014 05:49 AM

                                    My Mom used to give us half tea and half milk in our bottles. If it got us up too pepped up, she'd add a dash of bourbon too! Good ol' Mom, she and we are all alive and well.

                                  2. pikawicca RE: LadyB13 Jan 24, 2014 05:02 PM

                                    Just give them fizzy water with a squeeze of fresh citrus -- delicious,

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