The best natural sweeteners for your herbal tea
Herbal Tea is as nutritious as it is delicious. Packed with antioxidants and the goodness of herbs, it’s a bonus for your health. So why ruin it with refined sugar? From raw honey and maple syrup to carb-free stevia, there are wholesome choices that sweeten tea, are healthier than sugar, and add inspiring new dimensions to its flavor. In this blog, you will find guilt-free ways to liven up your Tipson cuppa. Let’s explore the best tea sweeteners and why they belong in your cup.
Raw honey is produced by bees. Unprocessed, it’s as fresh as what comes from the hive. Producers filter it through mesh or fine cloth to remove obvious impurities, packing it within minutes of harvest. Unlike most brands sold on supermarket shelves, raw honey is unpasteurized. It has many health benefits because it retains most of its nutrients. A prebiotic, honey supports gut health and is as effective at treating certain types of stomach ulcers as antibiotics. Add a tablespoon of raw honey to your herbal tea to take the taste level up a notch, completely guilt-free!
Coconut sugar is made from the flowers of palm trees. The sap is heated to remove water, producing a thick syrup or granular crystals. Environmentally friendly, palm trees produce 50-percent more sugar per acre than sugar cane using fewer resources. Coconut sugar tastes more like brown sugar than white with soft caramel undertones. Mild, it’s slightly earthy but has no coconut flavor. Still, there are no disadvantages to using coconut sugar, and the flavor is intriguing. If you drink more than a few cups daily, the perks add up.
Maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. More than 80-percent of it is produced in Canada. Described as a blend of caramel and butterscotch flavors, it’s sweeter than sugar but not overwhelming. Maple syrup packs a healthy dose of minerals, including a hefty amount of manganese for strong bones and a vibrant metabolism. At 52 calories per tablespoon, maple syrup isn’t the best choice for weight loss or for people with diabetes. But as a healthier replacement for sugar, it’s a nutritious alternative with a tantalizing spark of flavor.
Stevia sweeteners come from the Stevia rebaudiana plant. Its leaves are harvested, dried, and pulverized into powder or soaked in water to make drops. Hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, it has a liquorice-like flavor. Since it is calorie-free, Stevia is a plus for people with diabetes. It is also keto-friendly, as it contains no carbohydrates and may help regulate blood glucose levels. It’s been a popular sweetener in South America for generations.
Monk Fruit Extract
This fruit has been used as a traditional remedy in China and Thailand and its extract is now becoming common in the West also. Various products containing monk fruit extract are very popular among people that follow a ketogenic diet. Pure monk fruit sweeteners can be 200 times sweeter than sugar and contain no calories, making it the perfect way to sweeten up your cup of herbal tea!
Too much sugar in your diet isn’t good for you — it’s a habit that’s hard to kick. But tea can be both sweet and healthy with the right sweeteners. Less refined, more nutritious options eliminate empty calories and give your body more of what it needs with every soothing sip!