Natural Sweetners for Tea

by on Thursday, February 23, 2012 11:21:00 PM

Tea is a complex drink with subtle nuances, intricate flavors, and unbelievable variety. Exploring teas from different regions and with different processing techniques is a fun way to get to know more about tea and all of the culture behind it. Sometimes, however, you may want to give your tea some sweetness to take some of the edge off or just to satisfy your sweet tooth. So, we have compiled a list of natural sweetners that will help you satisfy your sweet tooth, but still continue to provide you with a healthy drink!

1. Honey: Honey is a great natural sweetener that we love to recommend to those who like sweeter tea. Honey have lots of great properties such as its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. In addition, honey is also a great way to give you a boost of energy. Oh and honey tastes great too!

2. Xylitol: Xylitol is a naturally occuring sugar alcohol found in various fruits and vegetables. It is absorbed very slowly by the digestive track to give sustained energy over a few hours, and it also cannot be consumed by bacteria in the mouth, so studies show it is actually beneficial to your teeth.

3. Stevia: Stevia is a genus of around 240 different species of shrubs and herbs in the sunflower family. The leaves are naturally sweet and most studies show they are upwards of 100 to 200x sweeter than sugar without the blood glucose increase and side effects of sugar.

Our favorite

4. Sweet Leaf Tea: Chinese Sweet Leaf Tea comes from the Chinese Blackberry plant. These leaves are naturally sweet like Stevia, but without any of the medicinal aftertaste (at least in our opinion) that Stevia has. Many of our customers have compared Sweet Leaf Tea to honey water because the taste is so sweet and holds up to 5-6 steepings. And to top it off, the sweet leaf tea has lots of naturally antioxidants and amino acids. Check out one of our recent newsletters and read the article "Cure your sugar cravings naturally" for more information on sweet leaf tea and the health benefits.

And you can also find the Sweet Leaf Tea at our store by clicking here

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