If you are like me and are trying to cut down on sugar, but you love having your morning cup of tea, here are some teas that you can enjoy without having to use any sugar or very little if you so choose. These teas also pair very well with honey, as a sugar substitute, and are what I consider to be some of the best teas you can drink without adding sugar.
- Rooibos Tea – caffeine-free tea that has many health benefits from relieving headaches, to allergy relief, and with the added bonus of antioxidants. Red Rooibos Tea is a fermented herbal tea that is great for bone health, preventing premature aging, insomnia, headaches, allergies, asthma, and helps boost your body’s immune system, among other benefits. It contains a variety of minerals like calcium, zinc, copper, iron, manganese, and potassium among many others.
- Lemon Tea – not only do you get the added bonus of a boost in vitamin C, but this tea helps strengthen your immune system, clear out your sinuses, and also helps in soothing any problems with the throat. This tea is also great for detoxifying the body and cleansing out the system in a gentle, but effective manner. It is an absolutely refreshing tea and is great for relaxing and energizing the body. It in itself can be used as a substitute for sugar in other teas that are less palatable or require a great deal of sugar. By adding this to your other teas you can also increase the effectiveness and benefits absorbed from your tea. A big plus is that lemon tea contains ascorbic acid which is a great antioxidant and citric acid which can be beneficial when it comes to digestion. If taking medications or if you have high blood pressure it is best to consult with your physician before undertaking a regular regimen of drinking lemon tea.
- Ginger Tea – besides being a belly fat burner, this incredible rhizome (rootstalk) is highly beneficial in many aspects, one of which is its use as a tea. As a tea, it provides various benefits, such as reducing any congestion and opening up nasal passageways. It is a fantastic tea to drink on a regular basis, especially for sinus sufferers as it helps clear out any congestion and can be highly beneficial in preventing further congestion. It is high in magnesium and other minerals. And can be a fantastic remedy that helps boost the immune system thereby helping to ward off colds, the flu and the occasional cough. It can also promote digestive health, as well as, respiratory health. Other benefits include but are not limited to an increase in weight loss by blocking fat absorption from food, breaking down fat, and preventing storage of new fat, therefore, helping keep a slimmer figure. Ginger tea has also been shown to improve brain function, help with reducing nausea and vomiting, and relieve muscle pain and joint pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Do consult with your physician if using or taking any medications as Ginger is known to thin the blood.
- Turmeric Tea – yellow or white, (although yellow turmeric may be easier to find) but of all the teas listed, turmeric tea may be a bit too strong and more so on the bitter side of things, however, I find that in due time, the taste is highly palatable with very little honey or sugar, but preferably honey. Great for relieving inflammation and pain and highly beneficial for those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. This rhizome also has immune boosting abilities and has been shown to help the immune system fight against cancer cells. It contains antioxidants and has been shown to have antiviral, as well as, antibacterial properties. As with ginger tea, please consult your physician when taking other medications before implementing its use on a regular basis.
- Chamomile Tea – this tea is great for use when it comes to bedtime; however, it is one of those light teas that has a very pleasant taste and with very little need for any sugar. Not only is it a great sleep aid, but it also aids in digestion. It is a wonderful tea useful in lowering the possibility of heart disease and a variety of other diseases, such as, cancer. Other benefits include strengthening the immune system, soothing a sore throat, clearing nasal passageways, and reducing stress.
- Rosemary Tea – This is a wonderful tea that helps detoxify the body and it helps the body fend off bacterial infections. It is also highly beneficial in improving blood circulation. It is chock-full of nutrients and lots of antioxidants. With its pleasant smell and taste, it is of no surprise that it requires little to no added sugar. Rosemary tea is great for memory and may delay early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as, dementia. It is also an anti-inflammatory tea and can be used to treat chronic inflammation of the joints. This tea is an emmenagogue, meaning that it can stimulate and blood flow when it comes to menstruation. Also, if you are trying to get pregnant or are pregnant, please do not drink this tea as it can cause problems with pregnancy and can possibly cause fetus to be aborted. Consult with your doctor if taking any medications to ensure that rosemary tea does not interact with them in a negative way.
- Hibiscus Tea – this tea is great for reducing inflammation, treating liver diseases, and boosting the immune system. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure. Hibiscus Tea helps prevent heart disease by lowering bad cholesterol. This is a beneficial tea for Type II Diabetics as it has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.
- White Tea – contains high levels of antioxidants and is highly beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. It is also great for reducing the signs of aging.There are many benefits of this tea and its smooth and light taste make it a fantastic option when it comes to tea time with very little need for sugar.
These are some of the many teas out there that are available and that will help you reduce your sugar consumption. Even with less sugar, tea time can still be a pleasant and satisfying time to de-stress and relax, so it will be even more beneficial to your health.