What If Tea Coolers Claim To Have Zero Added Sugar. Let’s Find Out! (2023)
We reviewed four variants of What If Tea Coolers and here’s what we liked and didn’t.
Does a low calorie snack or beverage inadvertently mean it is good for you? Healthy?
Well, the answer is subjective based on your fitness goals. That being said, ‘no sugar’, ‘low calorie’, ‘preservative-free’ are attractive phrases that have us adding products to cart without even realizing it. Testing one such Indian brand, here is our What If Tea Coolers review. We decode the ingredients, the claims, and whether or not this is worth a try.
Are these beverages truly good for you?
The following table holds quick details of the four variants.
|What If Tea Coolers||Mishry Rating||Buy Now|
|Green Tea||3.1||On Amazon|
|Matcha Tea||3.1||On Amazon|
|Yerba Mate Tea||3.1||On Amazon|
|Oolong Tea||3.1||On Amazon|
Our Review Factors
How did we review What If Tea Coolers? What were the parameters we set? Here’s a dive into our review process where we gauged the flavors, consistency, and most importantly the nutrition profile in terms of ingredients.
These are flavored coolers made using tea leaves from regions like China, Taiwan, Japan, Latin and South America. They are sweetened using plant-based sweeteners and flavored with fruits or fruit powders.
We reviewed to check how pronounced the flavor of tea was, whether or not the fruit flavor tasted natural, and if the sweetness was rounded.
So, do these coolers work?
Were they pulpy like fruit juices or did they have a lighter body? Was there some fibrous or grainy mouthfeel?
Or did the coolers feature a uniform consistency?
3. Nutritional Quotient
The quality and quantity of ingredients were recorded under this parameter. How are these sweetened? What plant-based sweeteners are used? How processed are these ingredients?
Do these contain additives? If yes, what is the function, do they have an impact on our internal health?
4. Other Parameters
The price, packaging, appearance were noted here.
What If Tea Coolers – Detailed Review
Our detailed experience with the four variants has been described here.
Before we detail our experience, we’ve spoken about the characteristic flavor of each tea variant, how it is supposed to taste like, in its most natural form.
The what, why, how of debittered stevia.
Steviol glycosides are the sweetness-lending compounds in stevia leaves. This compound is extracted by harvesting, drying, and purifying the leaves. All steviol contain various forms of microcompounds called Rebaudiosides. The most common is rebaudioside A or reb A. This elimination of glycosides is called debittering stevia. Stevia is an all-natural, healthful alternative to refined sugar, especially for those with diabetes. However, it does have some side effects (in certain individuals) like digestive issues, hives, swelling, etc.
Swimming into sweeteners
Today, we have four categories of sweeteners- sugar, sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners, and naturally-derived sweeteners. The difference lies in their flavor, composition and caloric value.
Not only are artificial sweeteners low in calories, but they also add viscosity, body, and bulk to the food/beverage. While plant-based sweeteners have a mild bitterness, alcoholic sweeteners may lend a medicinal/industrial flavor.
FSSAI on ‘no sugar’ claims state no sugar has been added either directly or indirectly (via an ingredient) and if sugar is naturally present in an ingredient, they must specify by stating ‘contains naturally-occurring sugar’.
Gut bacteria and additives, friends or foes?
Additives like flavor enhancers, preservatives not only increase the shelf life but also create an addictive flavor. Now, not all scary-sounding, too-tough-to-pronounce additives are harmful. But not all are made the same, either.
For instance, Tocopherol is another name for vitamin E, and Ascorbic acid is vitamin C.
That said, additives like sucralose, carboxymethylcellulose, aspartame, among others aren’t directly linked to life threatening illnesses, but they significantly negatively impact the gut, which in turn, affects absorption and assimilation of micronutrients, deteriorating the overall quality of life. A study on xylitol in mice shows that the gut enzymes were diminished by over 50%.
1. Green Tea
Both, green and Oolong teas, are derived from the same plant but are processed differently. Green tea originates from China and India (Assam). The flavors traditionally depend on the cultivation and processing methods, but they range from grassy to tropical.
As for the flavor of the fruit, we could taste fruity, peachy notes delicately. The sweetness was adequate.
It is made with Xylitol (INS967), Green tea extract, Acidity regulators (INS330, INS331), Peach powder, Green tea flavor, Debittered stevia (INS960), Peach flavor, Mint powder, Xanthan gum (IBNS415), Mint flavor, Permitted Class II Preservative (INS242, INS211). One bottle (330 ml) offers under 10 Kcal. This is priced at ₹ 125/-.
- Balanced flavors
- Loaded with additives
- Not ideal for regular consumption
2. Matcha Tea
Matcha, originating from Japan, is a tea that holds complex flavors. The mildly grassy, sweet nutty flavor owes to its complex preparation of milling the leaves into a fine powder and whisking in water.
Berries, on the other hand, have sour-tarty notes.
In this What If cooler, we could barely taste the complex flavor of matcha tea. It was primarily a berry-flavored cooler that was dominant on the notes of cranberries and raspberries.
Erythritol (INS968), Xylitol (INS967), Acidity regulators (INS330, INS331), Ascorbic acid (INS330), Blueberry flavor, Raspberry flavor, Cranberry flavor, Matcha tea extract, Xanthan gum (IBNS415), Permitted Class II Preservative (INS242, INS211) are the ingredients used. 330 ml is priced at ₹ 125/-.
- Dominant on berries
- No noticeable flavor of matcha
- Contains preservatives, added flavors.
3. Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba Mate teas have an astringent, vegetal flavor. Commonly compared with coffee, this is a flavor profile one takes time getting used to.
In this cooler, the warming pungency of ginger was present and we got some fresh notes of mint. As for the flavor of Yerba Mate, we sensed a mild astringency with a lingering bitterness at the end of the sip.
Xylitol (INS967), Yerba Mate Tea Extract, Acidity regulators (INS330, INS331), Lemon powder, Debittered stevia (INS 960), Ginger flavor, Lemon flavor, Mint powder, Xanthan gum (IBNS415), Mint flavor, Permitted Class II Preservative (INS242, INS211). It is priced at ₹ 125/-.
- Refreshing flavor
- Quantity of tea unspecified
- Has preservatives
4. Oolong Tea
It may be light, it can be acidic, it may be sweet or toasty to taste, that’s the beauty of oolong tea. Owing to its oxidation period, it can lend a range of flavors.
What we tasted here, was primarily sweet. There was a refreshing fruity flavor of litchi mixed with the natural sweetness of Oolong tea. This did NOT have the standard juice-like sweetness, it was more rounded.
A common observation for all variants we tried, these tea coolers have a light, water-like consistency, they do not feel too heavy or filling. The Oolong Litchi variant had a few strands of the fruit, and that’s about it.
Xylitol (INS967), Acidity regulators (INS330, INS331), Litchi powder, Litchi flavor, Oolong tea extract, Debittered stevia (INS960), Mint powder, Xanthan gum (INS415), Mint flavor, Permitted Class II Preservative (INS242, INS211). This variant is priced at Rs 100/- for the same quantity.
- Decent consistency
- Fresh, natural tasting flavor of litchi
- Rounded sweetness
- Has additives like other variants
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on What If tea coolers
Like we suggest for all packaged products, occasional, mindful, and monitored consumption is key.
Some are made with extracts, others have added flavors.
Not really, these are to be consumed directly.
No, these are not carbonated.
You can store them under refrigeration.
What If Tea Coolers deliver on the ‘zero added sugar promise’ The flavors are decent, but the consistency of these beverages were fairly refreshing. Sure, the low calorie count seems attractive, but looking at the sweeteners and preservatives used to make these beverages, this may not be the first product we pick off market shelves.
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Our reviews are unbiased and all samples used during the reviews were paid for by us. Read our entire ethics statement here.