Tea sweeteners 101: alternatives to white sugar

The two most common tea additives are sweeteners and dairy. When looking to get that sweet cup of tea, most people go for white sugar. However, did you know that there are other natural ways to sweeten your tea? 

Generally, natural tea sweeteners blend well with tea, thus enriching its essence with an original flavor. Besides, natural sweeteners blend very well with different types of tea, including green, black, as well as herbal teas. Moreover, the availability of different varieties of sweeteners presents amazing opportunities to experiment with your tea—and most of these opportunities will be worth your effort. 

However, one rule applies if you want to add sweetener—the more delicate the flavor of your tea, the less the sweetener you must add. This is particularly important when preparing white tea since the aroma is fleeting and subtle. With that, let’s look at a few options to consider. Please note that this is not all about honey vs sugar—we shall give you numerous options. 

Honey

The first option in this post is honey. In any case, who doesn’t know how honey tastes? It has helped many people to manage a cold. Typically, honey is a natural sweetener, and adding it to tea is a common practice for most people. 

Besides, there are different varieties of honey that you can use, and each of these varieties has a different color, flavor, and properties. But, the most common option is linden honey, but you can also use honeydew, buckwheat, or heather honey, which has a captivating taste and smell. 

Maple syrup

This is another common natural sweetener. With maple syrup, you have two options:

  • A lighter variety – this has a mild taste, which doesn’t change the flavor of your tea.
  • A darker version – this has a caramel flavor, and it tastes wonderful when added to ginger tea. 

Maple syrup is rich in minerals, antioxidants, and B vitamins. Besides, it has fewer calories compared to sugar. 

Agave

Agave is one of the healthiest sugar substitutes, and it’s even more natural compared to refined sugar. Most people love it because it doesn’t make blood sugar levels rise, unlike when you add white sugar in tea, which has high fructose levels, which can cause insulin resistance. 

Stevia

The most interesting thing about stevia is that it’s a hundred times sweeter compared to sugar, but it has zero calories. Besides, it doesn’t cause sugar levels to spike. Therefore, it’s one of the obvious causes of blood sugar spikes. 

However, stevia doesn’t taste like sugar. But, the sweetness impression appears after a few seconds but it remains on the mount for some time. Besides, stevia leaves a specific and slightly bitter aftertaste, that most people don’t like—this is very common, especially when you use this sweetener in large quantities. However, you can opt to counter the taste of stevia in your tea with other flavors, like fruit. All in all, you should understand that it takes some time to get used to its taste. 

Molasses

This is a by-product of sugar. Typically, molasses has some benefits not found in sugar, such as B vitamins and valuable minerals. It comes in the form of a thick and aromatic syrup, with a caramel flavor. Moreover, it has an extremely intense flavor, which makes it the ideal sweetener for warming black tea-based beverages, in addition to cocoa beans and other spices.

Dried fruits

Did you know that you can use dried fruits to sweeten your tea? Yes—dried fruits are natural tea sweeteners, and also enhance the taste of green or black tea, and rooibos tea. With dried fruits, you have a wide variety of options, and you only need to choose your favorite fruits to sweeten your tea. 

At the end of the day, you’ll find the mixture that will satisfy your heart. The good thing with dried fruits is, you have unlimited options as well as opportunities to experiment. 

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