Is it healthy to add sugar to tea?

Sugar in tea?

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Rummage in the tea shop

It's great fun browsing a tea shop. There are interesting smells and impressions for our nose and taste buds. Teas have different effects: light winter teas contain, for example, cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and apple pieces and warm us from the inside. But do these teas have to be drunk with sugar in order to taste good?

Sugar in tea?

The sugar in the tea paints over the actual taste and aroma of every herbal tea. Sugar adds a lot to the originally calorie-free drink and promotes tooth decay. The reasons why someone sweetens their tea can be many:

  • It was learned that way and now it's a habit.
  • The tea is brewed too much and is therefore bitter,
  • or it is too weak and has no taste.

In any case, it is worth drinking your tea without sugar, and not just because the calories are eliminated. Little by little, new taste sensations develop.

Are sweeteners an alternative to sugar in tea?

A common alternative to sugar in tea is sweetener. Sweeteners have little to no calories and do not cause tooth decay. However, there are controversial views on the health effects of the sweetener. Aspartame, for example, is a synthetically produced sweetener and has been suspected of being cancerous for some time. There is a lot of debate about it. If you don't want to play with your health, there are other alternatives to add a sweet note to the tea.

Alternatives to sugar in tea

1. The licorice root

An alternative to sugar in tea is e.g. liquorice root (also known as liquorice) with more than twenty different types. It has a higher sweetening power than sugar cane. Licorice root also has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect and can be used for diseases of the upper respiratory tract (has an expectorant effect).

2. Stevia

Dried stevia leaves are a natural product, have a sweetening power 300 times stronger than conventional sugar and are also suitable for diabetics. Stevia is already widely used for sweetening in the USA and many European countries. In Germany it is not yet approved as a food (but is already used in cosmetic products such as toothpaste), but this will soon change:

"According to findings from new studies by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), however, it has been proven that stevia is neither genotoxic nor carcinogenic and also has no negative effects on fertility and human reproductive organs, which makes it highly likely that it will soon be approved in the EU" (Wikipedia)

So if you like it sweet: Enjoy your cup of tea with healthy alternatives to sugar.

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