Pros: genuinely sugar-free
Cons: doesn't completel dissove
When I was having difficulty finding unsweetened instant tea, the nutritionist who was team-teaching the diabetes class I was taking reminded me that I could make sun tea or otherwise making hot tea and refrigerate it. Oddly, there is something about the taste of instant tea that I like (I also prefer canned okra to fresh okra, but can't stand frozen: is there any accounting for taste) and a friend bought3-ounce jars of both Lipton and Nestea for me. (Finding decaffeinated is easier than finding unsweetened, but I can manage some caffeine...)
Both have that artificial taste that I like (though overwhelmed by the lemon juice I add), though there is no artificial flavoring in either. Neither has any calories, fat, sodium, carbohydrates, or protein.
The "ingredients" listing for the unsweetneed instant Nestea is "100% tea." I was unpleasantly surprised to see a second ingredient on my jar of unsweetened instant Lipton's: maltodextrin. I don't know how Lipton can claim 0 grams of sugar (and more globally, 0 grains of carbohydrates). I do know that maltodextrin is metabolized into glucose, and that glucose is what we diabetics seek to reduce. (Maltodextrin a a polysaccharide from starch, in the US usually cornstarch, that is added to many soft drinks and in the brewing of beer to increase the specific gravity and reduce dryness of the mouth from drinking the liquid.)
I am dismayed by the maltodextrin on the Lipton ingredient list. Against that, I find that the instant Nestea does not dissolve close to completely. That is, there are always dark brown chunks, however much I stir instant Nestea (before adding ice or even Splenda).
For nondiabetics, Lipton is easier to use. I need to find out how much maltodextrin is in the the Lipton's (and the product is not in the database).
Oh yes, six jars seems like an awfully lot to me. Granted, I was having trouble finding unsweetened instant tea, but in more than a year of almost one glass a day (I only use 1 teaspoon), both jars seem more than 3/4ths full. In sealed glass jars, the pulverized tea probably does not get stale, but unless you/your household consumes a lot... Well, had my friend got me a six-pack, I think it would be more than a decade before I finished the last jar!