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This is one of the most affordable green teas in the US market, and the brand describes this product as \"mellow and chill with a hint of sweetness.\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBut is AriZona green tea good for you? What's in this drink other than green tea? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? And which version of this product is the healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in AriZona green tea based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not this drink is good for you.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe'll also share our thoughts on which AriZona green tea product is the healthiest, and explain why AriZona was sued over its ingredients in 2022.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"AriZona Green Tea ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/AriZona_Green_Tea_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1702517422\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in AriZona Green Tea are shown above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGreen tea\u003c\/strong\u003e is unsurprisingly the first ingredient, and has a number of health benefits.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2006\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/16582024\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e described green tea as having the following effects\u003c\/span\u003e:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHoney \u003c\/strong\u003ehas anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/pmid\/28539734\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003ePharmacognosy Research\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are three ingredients in this drink that we consider to be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHigh fructose corn syrup\u003c\/strong\u003e increases the risk for obesity and other negative health outcomes, even compared to other caloric sweeteners, according to a 2009 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20516261\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCitric acid\u003c\/strong\u003e is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause whole-body inflammation in some individuals, as we documented in our article on \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-v8-good-for-you\"\u003eis v8 healthy\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eNatural flavor\u003c\/strong\u003e is a better choice than artificial flavor, but natural flavor can still contain solvents and preservatives according to a 2009 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19041920\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt's also important to consider the added sugar dose (primarily from high fructose corn syrup).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne \"Tallboy\" of AriZona Green Tea contains 42 grams (g) of added sugar, which is 84% of the Daily Value (DV).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA 2014 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24493081\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e reported that \u003cstrong\u003ehigher intake of added sugar is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOverall, we do not believe that AriZona Green Tea is good for you due to the high added sugar dose and the two inactive ingredients discussed above.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhich AriZona Green Tea is Healthiest?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAriZona sells several different green tea drinks.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe consider the 16.9 fluid ounce version, ingredients shown below, to be the healthiest option:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"AriZona Green Tea 16.9 fluid ounce version ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/AriZona_Green_Tea_16.9_Oz_Version_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1702518441\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCane sugar\u003c\/strong\u003e is used instead of high fructose corn syrup, and as we documented in the previous section, this was shown in a medical review to be a healthier alternative.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe added sugar dose per can is also 19% lower (34 g vs 42 g).\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis version is packaged in glass, while the larger version is packaged in plastic.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis is relevant because \u003cstrong\u003emost plastic products release estrogenic chemicals\u003c\/strong\u003e according to a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3222987\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eEnvironmental Health Perspectives\u003c\/em\u003e journal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe still don't consider this green tea to be healthy overall, but we consider it to be the best option currently sold by AriZona from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhy Was AriZona Sued?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAriZona was sued in December of 2022 over allegations of false advertising.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThe plaintiff highlighted the fact that AriZona markets its products as \"all natural\" despite containing unnatural ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and malic acid\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/topclassactions.com\/lawsuit-settlements\/consumer-products\/food\/arizona-class-action-claims-many-beverages-advertised-as-100-natural-contain-unnatural-ingredients\/\"\u003eaccording to\u003c\/a\u003e TopClassActions.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAt the time of publishing this article, we can't find any information about whether this case is ongoing or has been dismissed.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFrom a health perspective, we don't think this matters, because it's a dispute about marketing.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis type of issue is why we recommend that consumers always read the ingredient label and try to avoid relying on marketing to inform product choices.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Green Tea Pick\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Green_Tea_Image_2745bb6b-c406-4c75-908b-4240b3135d1a.png?v=1677465248\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/piquelife.sjv.io\/DVY5Gj\"\u003ePique Japanese Sencha Green Tea\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top green tea pick. It costs $16 for 14 servings at the time of publishing this article, or only \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1.14 per serving\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe only ingredient in Pique Green Tea is organic green tea. There are no additives like sweeteners or flavoring compounds.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePique Green Tea comes in crystallized form and can be mixed into water, without any need for preparation or a teapot, which makes this product highly convenient.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Pique Japanese Sencha Green Tea \u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/piquelife.sjv.io\/DVY5Gj\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe do not consider AriZona Green Tea to be good for you.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhile green tea and honey both have clinically-proven health benefits, AriZona Green Tea also contains a high dose of added sugar.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIt also contains citric acid and natural flavor, two ingredients that we consider to be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe added sugar in AriZona Green Tea (the \"Tallboy\" version) is in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which we consider to be the least healthy caloric sweetener on the market.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe consider the smaller AriZona Green Tea (the 16.9 fluid ounce version) to be the brand's healthiest option, because it's packaged in glass, contains less added sugar per container than the larger version, and contains cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAriZona was sued in 2022 over allegations of false marketing, but we don't think this matters from a health perspective, because the onus is always on the consumer to read the ingredient list and make an informed decision.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-12-13T21:09:43-05:00","updated_at":"2023-12-13T21:09:43-05:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in AriZona Green Tea based on clinical studies to give our take on whether or not it's good for you. We pick the healthiest AriZona green tea product, and explain why AriZona was sued in 2022.","template_suffix":"","handle":"is-arizona-green-tea-good-for-you","tags":"_related:tea"}

Is AriZona Green Tea Good for You? A Dietitian Answers

Is AriZona Green Tea Good for You? A Dietitian Answers


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AriZona is one of the most popular canned tea brands in the US, and green tea is arguably the brand's most popular flavor. This is one of the most affordable green teas in the US market, and the brand describes this product as "mellow and chill with a hint of sweetness."

But is AriZona green tea good for you? What's in this drink other than green tea? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? And which version of this product is the healthiest?

In this article we'll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in AriZona green tea based on clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not this drink is good for you.

We'll also share our thoughts on which AriZona green tea product is the healthiest, and explain why AriZona was sued over its ingredients in 2022.

Ingredient Analysis

AriZona Green Tea ingredients

The ingredients in AriZona Green Tea are shown above.

Green tea is unsurprisingly the first ingredient, and has a number of health benefits.

A 2006 medical review described green tea as having the following effects:

"anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power."

Honey has anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties, according to a medical review published in the Pharmacognosy Research journal.

There are three ingredients in this drink that we consider to be questionable from a health perspective.

High fructose corn syrup increases the risk for obesity and other negative health outcomes, even compared to other caloric sweeteners, according to a 2009 medical review.

Citric acid is a preservative and flavor enhancer that can cause whole-body inflammation in some individuals, as we documented in our article on is v8 healthy.

Natural flavor is a better choice than artificial flavor, but natural flavor can still contain solvents and preservatives according to a 2009 medical review.

It's also important to consider the added sugar dose (primarily from high fructose corn syrup).

One "Tallboy" of AriZona Green Tea contains 42 grams (g) of added sugar, which is 84% of the Daily Value (DV).

A 2014 medical review reported that higher intake of added sugar is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Overall, we do not believe that AriZona Green Tea is good for you due to the high added sugar dose and the two inactive ingredients discussed above.

Which AriZona Green Tea is Healthiest?

AriZona sells several different green tea drinks.

We consider the 16.9 fluid ounce version, ingredients shown below, to be the healthiest option:

AriZona Green Tea 16.9 fluid ounce version ingredients

Cane sugar is used instead of high fructose corn syrup, and as we documented in the previous section, this was shown in a medical review to be a healthier alternative.

The added sugar dose per can is also 19% lower (34 g vs 42 g).

This version is packaged in glass, while the larger version is packaged in plastic.

This is relevant because most plastic products release estrogenic chemicals according to a medical review published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal.

We still don't consider this green tea to be healthy overall, but we consider it to be the best option currently sold by AriZona from a health perspective.

Why Was AriZona Sued?

AriZona was sued in December of 2022 over allegations of false advertising.

The plaintiff highlighted the fact that AriZona markets its products as "all natural" despite containing unnatural ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and malic acid, according to TopClassActions.

At the time of publishing this article, we can't find any information about whether this case is ongoing or has been dismissed.

From a health perspective, we don't think this matters, because it's a dispute about marketing.

This type of issue is why we recommend that consumers always read the ingredient label and try to avoid relying on marketing to inform product choices.

Our Clean Green Tea Pick

Pique Japanese Sencha Green Tea is our top green tea pick. It costs $16 for 14 servings at the time of publishing this article, or only $1.14 per serving.

The only ingredient in Pique Green Tea is organic green tea. There are no additives like sweeteners or flavoring compounds.

Pique Green Tea comes in crystallized form and can be mixed into water, without any need for preparation or a teapot, which makes this product highly convenient.

Interested consumers can check out Pique Japanese Sencha Green Tea at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

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Conclusion

We do not consider AriZona Green Tea to be good for you.

While green tea and honey both have clinically-proven health benefits, AriZona Green Tea also contains a high dose of added sugar.

It also contains citric acid and natural flavor, two ingredients that we consider to be questionable from a health perspective.

The added sugar in AriZona Green Tea (the "Tallboy" version) is in the form of high fructose corn syrup, which we consider to be the least healthy caloric sweetener on the market.

We consider the smaller AriZona Green Tea (the 16.9 fluid ounce version) to be the brand's healthiest option, because it's packaged in glass, contains less added sugar per container than the larger version, and contains cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup.

AriZona was sued in 2022 over allegations of false marketing, but we don't think this matters from a health perspective, because the onus is always on the consumer to read the ingredient list and make an informed decision.