Tea is full of cancer fighting, heart and brain nurturing health benefits.
Not surprisingly, sugar is the most common substance used to sweeten tea
in America. However, adding sugar to tea is akin to ordering a salad with
buttermilk ranch dressing. It‘s a missed opportunity to increase
your intake of vitamins and minerals. It’s important to make healthy
choices when it comes to the food and beverages we use to fuel our bodies.
According to The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, only 30 percent of Americans consume less than the recommended amount
of sugar each day which means 70 percent of Americans are consuming
too much sugar. Excessive consumption of sugar over time can lead to ailments such as
diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, to name a few.
Check out this
tea infographic that explains the health benefits of black, white and green teas in more detail.
Ginger, peppermint and lemon teas are also wonderful options to help during cold and flu season. They
provide a great source of vitamins and antioxidants to help the body fight
To help keep your hot tea drinking habit healthy, here are some swirl-in
alternatives that are better than sugar, and, in some cases, even sweeter.
Agave is an all-natural, gluten-free, organic nectar that dissolves easily in
either hot or cold teas. It enhances without changing the taste of the
tea. Agave is available as a liquid or a dissolvable stick.
Cinnamon is a natural spice that not only sweetens hot tea, but, when ingested,
acts as an antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. It helps promote digestive
and heart health and helps fight against diseases like cancer, arthritis
Lemon is an acidic, citrus fruit that has
strong immune-boosting elements to help fight infection. This is one of the most popular swirl-ins for
hot and iced tea.
Medjool date is a naturally sweet, one-seeded fruit that can be pureed and added to
hot tea. These dates contain fiber, amino acids and many minerals that
aid in digestion.
Orange peels are often discarded but are good all-natural sweeteners that contain nutrients
that help promote respiratory health. Orange peel tea is packed with flavonoids
which helps combat the effects of aging.
Peppermint is a hybrid mint that is derived from two mint plants (spearmint and watermint)
and is perfect for the holiday season. It’s not only a delicious
and healthy alternative, but it also helps relieve many gastric disorders.
Raw honey is a super-saturated, all-natural sugar solution that is a good source
of carbohydrates. It also contains small amounts of protein, enzymes,
vitamins and minerals that
can help fight the common cold. It sweetens tea without adding any artificial preservatives or additives.
Before you reach for sugar the next time you’re sitting in front
of a cup of delicious hot tea, remember these healthy alternatives. Many
are readily available in restaurants or are small enough to be carried with you.
Did we miss your favorite non-sugar hot tea swirl-in? Share it with us
in the comments below.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.