Yesterday we were out and about running errands and needed to fill the car up with gas. My husband was being very sweet and purchased an unsweetened tea for me (which is what I asked for). The selection was limited (we normally purchase Pure Leaf tea) so he purchased the Gold Peak Tea instead. After I had already downed half of the bottle, I realized that neither of us had read the ingredients label yet. Oh boy!
Pure Leaf tea this is most definitely not! Gold Peak Unsweetened Tea contains: Water, Natural Flavors, Tea, Caramel Color, and Phosphoric Acid. So my first question is, why does an unsweetened, unflavored tea need “natural flavors”? And I pose the same exact question for the caramel color too. A quick look over on EWG’s cosmetic database reveals that phosphoric acid is safe. Another quick look on the back of the bottle reveals that Coca Cola is the maker of this tea, which would probably explain the desire for using the caramel color (since they use it in their colas to make them look pretty).
I did notice a slight headache creeping up after drinking about 3/4 of this bottle. I’m not sure if that was from the natural caffeine, the “natural flavors” or the caramel color, but it sure wasn’t fun. It did taste good, but so does my Pure Leaf tea, and that has none of the icky stuff in it that this one does, so I’ll just be sticking with that in the future.