08 July, 2011
Hibiscus Tea Calories
Hot or cold tea can be made from the flowers of the hibiscus plant. The tea has a fruity, cranberry-like taste and is naturally high in antioxidants. A third of a cup of dried flowers will make just over 5 cups of tea, or a standard-sized pot full.
Calories and Carbohydrates
Fit Click, a calorie counting website, lists 28 g of dried hibiscus flowers, or 1/3 cup, as containing 100 calories and zero fat. The flowers contain 23 g of carbohydrates, 2 g of which are dietary fiber.
Hibiscus flowers contain flavonoids and other nutrients. According to the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, the flowers are a natural diuretic and possess limited blood vessel-dilating effects, which may help lower blood pressure in people who suffer from hypertension.
Dried flower buds are steeped in hot water until the appropriate intensity of flavor is achieved, usually after three to five minutes. For a cold preparation, the prepared tea should be placed in the refrigerator or served over ice. Additions such as milk, sugar or honey will raise the calorie count of the tea.
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