Americans consume some 3 billion gallons of iced tea a year. When it comes in a bottle, though, it’s hard to know whether you’re getting a healthy refresher or a sugary sucker punch.

Most adults should consume less than 50 grams of added sugars per day, and you’ll find almost that amount in some single bottles. Knowing what a few labels and claims really mean can help you choose your bottle wisely. Click on the arrows below to scroll through the definitions for terms you commonly see on bottles of iced tea. 

Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the September 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.