Jump to content
Learn Chinese in China

What's a good sugar-free, caffeine-free drink that is usually available at convenience stores or grocery stores?


Recommended Posts

I'm trying not to drink so much sugar.  Evidently it's not good for us, even in small amounts.  So I started drinking bottled teas.  But these contain caffeine, which keeps me from sleeping properly if I drink it in the evening, say with dinner.  What's out there that's non-caffeinated and sugar-free, and can be bought at most shops?


I tried Gatorade (it's got electrolytes) which is OK, but it's loaded with sugar.  Fine if you're exercising perhaps.  I tried that kind of unsweetened tea with the playing card faces on the label.  Good, but has caffeine.  I know about Coke Zero, and get it often, but it gets old and anyway coke is terrible unless served ice cold.  Around here, they turn off the fridges in the convenience stores in winter.  Water gets boring.  Hot white tea I make fresh, but again with the caffeine.  What else is out there?  

Link to post
Share on other sites
Site Sponsors:
Pleco for iPhone / Android iPhone & Android Chinese dictionary: camera & hand- writing input, flashcards, audio.
Study Chinese in Kunming 1-1 classes, qualified teachers and unique teaching methods in the Spring City.
Learn Chinese Characters Learn 2289 Chinese Characters in 90 Days with a Unique Flash Card System.
Hacking Chinese Tips and strategies for how to learn Chinese more efficiently
Popup Chinese Translator Understand Chinese inside any Windows application, website or PDF.
Chinese Grammar Wiki All Chinese grammar, organised by level, all in one place.


I drink loads of the Ito En green tea in bottles... didn't realise it had caffeine in it until I just looked it up. I certainly don't notice it. Zero calories. 


Apparently they also do Barley Tea (mugicha) which is caffeine-free. I've never seen it or tried it, but will keep a look out for it.





Link to post
Share on other sites

I learned in my tea course that all steepings of the Camellia sinensis plant have caffeine.  😩  Not as much as coffee, but when I drink tea I tend to make several cups, so it could be an issue. As I have had a bad problem with insomnia frequently keeping me up till dawn, I am trying to cut out caffeine anytime but the morning.  


I found a kind of rice tea from Hong Kong I really liked.  Unfortunately the border closing cut off the daigou I buy from, so no more of that for a while.  😭

Link to post
Share on other sites

Rooibus tea is caffeine free and good iced or hot.

You can get teabags easily on Taobao. I just got a delivery of 160 teabags recently. 

The amount of caffeine in green and white tea is very small. If you find that influences your sleep then definitely avoid any type of caffeine. Coke Zero still has caffeine in it. 

Otherwise seems quite hard to get grocery store drinks that are both caffeine free and sugar free. Most sugar free drinks seem to be tea! Most caffeine free seem to be sweet 😂

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
  • New Members

I, too, look for everything without sugar, I mostly drink tea, since it is low in calories, if you want something like a meal, then I buy vegetable milk without sugar

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and select your username and password later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Click here to reply. Select text to quote.

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...