Do You Sweeten Your Tea

Who doesn't have some sort of sweet tooth these days? Sugar is looked at as a comfort, a stimulant and a treat. It's great in a cup of tea.

Before the 17th century tea was never consumed with any sweetener. E Europeans later started adding sugar to their tea and welcomed a completely new taste to the most beloved drink in the world.

Experts still say that sugar ruins the tea. I'm going to have to object. I think it makes the tea.

You are the expert when it comes to your own taste buds. You make the choice to opt out on sugar or not, but first, let me give you some advice.

If you have a sweet tooth and you like your tea with sugar added, you may want to opt for a black tea or ones that can handle milk. You will notice sometimes that some teas (China teas, green teas, Oolong and white) look a little funny when you add milk. You may not want to add sugar.

The bad part about adding sugar is it adds calories, it's hard on your teeth and your blood sugar level rises. You get a burst of a sugar high that is short-lived and then dramatically falls, taking the false energy with it. Make sure to watch your daily sugar intake.

I am a diabetic and I have found that in some of the teas I drink I can add those coffee creamers that are flavored and sweetened with Splenda. It is really good in Chai. I am also one of those people who love my tea creamy.

Alternatives
There are great alternatives to sugar out there that you can use to avoid the negative effects of sugar and still enjoy some sweetness at tea time.

Organic honey is always a good substitute. It gives its own unique flavor and satisfies the sweet tooth. It is especially good in herbal teas. Because a high percentage of honey is made up of water, it has fewer calories than sugar and is healthier for you. It doesn't hurt, either, that it soothes your throat and has natural vitamins and minerals. Just be careful if you have a problem with your glucose levels. It is not suggested for diabetics.

Another great alternative and safe sweetener is an herb called Stevia. It can be found in the summer in a garden or found in your local herbal or health store in extract form. Stevia is a plant with leaves that are 30 times sweeter than sugar. Ten leaves off this plant equals only one calorie.

To sweeten your tea with Stevia, you can just drop the extract into the tea or drop a few leaves in.

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