Lemonade vs. Sweet Tea

Lemonade

Peace Chijioke

lemonadeThe zesty flavor of lemons alone is lemonade’s ultimate trump card over sugary leaf water, but for those who need more reasons as to why the juice of the golden fruit is superior to the bath water of foliage, here are five health benefits of drinking lemonade.

Great Source of Potassium

Lemons have a high potassium content which is good for alleviating symptoms of anxiety as well as maintaining heart health and brain/nerve functions.

Keeps Skin Radiant

Antioxidants in lemon juice help to decrease blemishes and prevent wrinkles. Pure lemon juice can be directly applied to scars and dark spots to reduce their appearance. This is because of a lemon’s ability to detoxify the blood.

Helps Digestion

The atomic structure of lemon juice is similar to the stomach’s digestive juices. This means lemon juice causes the liver to produce bile which helps keeps food moving through the gastrointestinal system smoothly.

Stimulates Immune System

Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C which helps stimulate white blood cell production,  important for proper immune system function and protecting cells from oxidative damage.

Boosts Energy

Negatively charged ions found in lemons increase energy levels when they enter your digestive tract. Replacing the morning cup of coffee with a cup of lemon water can boost your energy without the caffeine crash.

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For those who still need convincing, consider this: Beyoncé’s visual album wasn’t called sweet tea, and if that’s still not enough, go half and half.

 

Sweet Tea

Fahim Rahman

Screenshot 2016-05-11 at 12.23.06 PM.pngAs soon as the temperature begins rising each year, the hottest debate of the summer arrives. This debate is quite simply over which beverage is better: iced tea or lemonade? This question cannot arrive at any objective conclusions as preference is solely opinionated, but there is a better choice. Iced tea is the more appealing and entirely better choice for a variety of reasons.

To begin, a common misconception by society is that lemonade is somehow a healthier option than iced or sweet tea. Generic iced tea, depending the amount it has been sweetened, usually ranges from 50-150 calories per 16 oz. Whereas lemonade generally ranges from 120-300 calories per 16 oz. Again for a serving of 16 oz, iced tea contains about 37 carbs whereas lemonade on average contains 54. Most of these statistics can be attributed to the differing levels of sugar in each, but tea, a natural herb, does not carry nearly the amount of sugar as lemons. In regard to the additional sugar, both utilize it and cancel each other out. Thus, the healthier choice would obviously be iced tea.

While lemonade can be found on many suburban neighborhood corners being sold at stands run by children, iced tea on a national and international level is consumed at a gargantuan rate. It can be found in the majority of restaurants and markets as well. While lemonade can be found in many of these places as well, iced tea is easily the more accessible of drinks and comparatively is found at a similar price. As a result, iced tea is a reliable beverage to find internationally whereas lemonade is less-so, and even further they are sold at around the same price; iced tea is the more reliable option. Snapple, a commonly produced iced tea, is the official beverage of New York City. In 2014, Americans consumed about 3.6 billion gallons of iced tea. There is no reason to search for lemonade over iced tea in any sense.

Of course, drink prioritization depends on preference and is thus entirely subjective, but the better option of lemonade or iced tea is easily the latter. Whether it be for health purposes or access and price, iced tea is the more qualified of the two beverages. However, a grand and lovable alternative and combination of the two is the wonderful “Arnold Palmer” drink. Arnold Palmer pulls together both aspects of the drink and bridges the differences between iced tea and lemonade. In conclusion, iced tea and lemonade are both solid choices for a summer beverage, but the qualities of the former surpass that of the latter.