Sugar has gotten a bad reputation over the past few years, and it's understandable why. Empty calories, blood sugar spikes, and tooth decay are just a few of the not-so-sweet side effects of our favourite granulated substance. But what about when we're using sugar in our tea?
Surely there must be a healthier way to sweeten our tea without all the negative consequences, right?
It turns out that there are a few different options for sweetening your tea without using sugar. So, let's talk about those alternatives so you can kick your sugar habit for good.
Honey is an excellent alternative to sugar in tea because it contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that sugar does not. It's also sweeter than sugar, so you can use less of it and still get the same level of sweetness. Just be sure to use raw honey for the best results.
2. Maple syrup
Like honey, maple syrup is also packed with nutrients that sugar does not have. However, it's a bit less sweet than honey, so you may need to use a bit more of it to get the desired sweetness. You might not think of maple syrup as an everyday sweetener, but it's an excellent option for those looking to cut down on their sugar intake.
(Or, you can try our maple syrup tea!)
Stevia is a plant-based sweetener that has become increasingly popular in recent years. It's calorie-free and doesn't raise blood sugar levels, making it a safe choice for those with diabetes or other blood sugar issues. You can find stevia in powder or liquid form, which can be a great sugar substitute in tea.
4. Coconut sugar
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut palms and has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar, meaning it won't cause blood sugar spikes. It also contains some nutrients that regular sugar does not, such as iron, zinc, and calcium. Coconut sugar can be used in the same way as regular sugar, so it's a great 1:1 replacement.
(Or if you would prefer a stronger coconut taste check out Pina Colada)
Xylitol is sugar alcohol often used as a sugar substitute in foods like candy and gum. It's sweeter than sugar but has fewer calories and a lower glycemic index. Xylitol is safe for most people, but it can cause digestive issues in some. So, if you're looking for a sugar-free sweetener, xylitol is a good option.
Fruit is a great way to sweeten your tea naturally. You can use fresh or frozen fruit; even dried fruit will work. Just add the fruit of your choice to your tea and enjoy the sweetness without any of the guilt.
(Check out our very own fruit tea flavour)
Spices can add flavour you're missing out on when you're not using sugar. Just a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves can add the perfect amount of sweetness to your tea.
Some people find that adding milk to their tea distracts their sweet tooth enough that they don't need to add any sweetener. If you're trying to wean yourself off sugar, try adding a splash of milk to your tea and see if that does the trick.
There are plenty of ways to sweeten your tea without using sugar. If you're looking for a healthier alternative to sugar, try one of the options on this list. Your taste buds (and your waistline) will thank you.