With added sugar, rich coconut and sweetened, condensed milk, Thai iced tea can be very high in calories. In fact, this cool, creamy indulgence usually contains more calories than the average soda. If you're making Thai iced tea at home, you can reduce the calorie load by using light coconut milk and only a small amount of sugar.
The exact number of calories in your Thai iced tea depends on the preparation, but one recipe from Epicurious contains 141 calories per cup. That doesn't apply to all versions, though: LIVESTRONG's food database MyPlate estimates the average Thai iced tea to have from 130 to 360 calories per cup.
Most of the calorie content comes from coconut milk and/or sweetened condensed milk — different recipes may use one or both of these ingredients. Light coconut milk, however, may contain only about 50 calories per cup. Therefore, Thai iced tea made with black tea, a serving of light coconut milk and one teaspoon of sugar would have about 67 calories.
Fat and Carbohydrates
There are anywhere from two to 22 grams of fat in a cup of Thai iced tea, and 24 to 38 grams of carbohydrates. This shows just how wildly the preparation of this beverage changes the nutritional components.
As a result of the coconut milk component, Thai iced tea has the added benefit of having protein — anywhere from two to four grams. Healthline.com recommends that men ingest 56 grams of protein a day, and women aim for 46 grams.
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Nina K. is a Los Angeles-based journalist who has been published by USAToday.com, Fitday.com, Healthy Living Magazine, Organic Authority and numerous other print and web publications. She has a philosophy degree from the University of Colorado and a journalism certificate from UCLA.