Let’s be honest for a minute, one of the main reasons tea drinkers prefer to fill up their mugs with their favourite blend instead of reaching for a juice or soda is because it’s an all-natural and healthy choice. You’re doing your body a huge favour by choosing tea instead of a drink filled with sugars and artificial flavours.
While some people enjoy their tea as it is, other people like to add something to sweeten it up a bit. We can’t forget about iced tea either, it always tastes better when it’s on the sweeter side.
If you’re a fan of sweetened tea there’s a chance that you could be drinking it the wrong way. Do you put sugar in tea? If you do, then you should stop. Tea is a great drink for cutting back on sugar and there are much healthier (and tastier ways) to sweeten it. Using honey instead of sugar in tea could change the way you feel about your favourite blend, for the better.
Putting honey in tea is a much healthier choice than using sugar. You may be wondering why, considering that honey has just as high of sugar content as the sugar that you would add to your tea.
The makeup of honey and sugar is slightly different. Both have fructose and glucose. While sugar is an equal 50/50 when it comes to fructose and glucose, honey has 40% fructose and 30% glucose.
What makes up the remaining 30% of honey? Along with water and pollen, there are minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Sugar doesn’t have any minerals in it that your body could benefit from. Since sugar has a higher fructose level it is more likely to raise blood sugar levels.
Some people are initially turned off by the idea of honey because it has a few more calories than sugar. That’s only if you use the same amount of honey as you would sugar. When you start adding honey to tea you will notice that you don’t need to use nearly as much as you would with sugar.
When it comes to the raw honey vs sugar debate, one of the biggest deal-breakers for people is the fact that sugar is processed while honey is natural. Your body has a more difficult time breaking down processed foods, which could lead to weight gain or other health issues.
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