If you like your drink straight up with no sweetener that is, of course, the healthiest ways to consume your tea or coffee.
Many of us like our drinks with a little sweet taste, like especially with my coffee!
There are so many types of sweet sugars out there to add to our drinks, it can get confusing as to which are healthy or not.
All of the “fake sugars” are chemically made and really not good for our health. Saccharin, sweet and low, aspartame, sucralose, and so forth are bad for the digestive and cardiovascular systems. Even causing migraines and weight gain which I believe is what they are promoted to prevent especially for diabetics.
They act just like real sugar in your body. It defeats the purpose of staying away from regular sugar if fake’s do the same in your body as sugar does.
So, I suggest skip the chemically fake sugar and try a healthy alternative sweetener.
- Real Honey, not honey mixed with corn syrup, make sure you have the real deal. Stay with a local brand or organic which will be 100 % direct from the beehive itself.
- Maple syrup which comes directly from the sap of a tree, nothing else added.
- Coconut sugar made from coconuts it is healthy with nutrients and is just sweet enough but not overly sweet. You can also add coconut creamer which may be all you need.
- Cinnamon is for those who only need that little sweet taste and this spice is a great benefit for those with diabetes since it keeps sugar levels low.
- Stevia is an herb that is powdered and can be in liquid form to add to your drink. Some people love it, some hate it, for too much can have a bitter aftertaste. I have found it depends on the processing and even flavoring added to stevia can make a difference.
- Vanilla extract helps you with flavor and just a little sweet to bump up your coffee bitterness.
- Date sugar is used by some, it is harder to find, unless you make your own, by blending up some dried dates.
- Monkfruit, a melon-like fruit from China, is a new very sweet, sweetener and has become very popular, a great alternative for diabetics.
- Agave is from the Agave plant, that has too many downsides because of the processing into syrups, many are not pure but actually have sugars, like high fructose corn syrup in them.
- This includes all the other sugars available that are more uncommon, from xylitol (which can kill pets), erythritol, Yacon syrup, or simple syrups.
Or you can add Butter to your coffee, the new rage, some like it, because it gives you energy and increases your metabolism, not really a sweet taste but a substitute.
You have many choices, try them see which ones work better and helps you stay healthy.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant helping individuals with health programs to improve life and happiness. She is a writer, speaker and owner of several businesses.