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Cristy
02-05-2006, 10:18 PM
All this talk about tea has made me think of a question I've had for some time...what do you guys put in your tea, i.e. milk, honey, splenda, sugar, etc.?

There is a long history of severe diabetes in my family so I avoid excess sugar as much as possible (unless there is a bag of chocolates in front of me, of course...) so I have always put Splenda in my tea (I detest sweetnlow and equal). A while back, I was browsing the internet looking for some tea related info and I stumbled across an article that says that sweetners other than honey could potentially rob tea of it's antioxidant properties/benefits. Does anyone know anything about this? I can't find the article I originally found...I'm just wondering if I've been devoiding tea of it's benefits for all of this time...

Jenelle
02-05-2006, 10:23 PM
I like plain sugar in my tea.. just for a little sweetness. Sometimes I put milk in it, only if I'm in the mood. But, I don't really drink tea much... I'm more of a coffee drinker. :rollseyes:

butterflymama
02-05-2006, 10:38 PM
Sometimes nothing, sometimes honey.

margie
02-05-2006, 10:41 PM
I like sugar in my tea- for some reason, the idea of adding milk to tea just give me the willies!! I add milk to my coffee, but not to my tea.

sogrammatical
02-05-2006, 11:25 PM
I only drink my tea plain. I had it with sugar once by accident (it was a bad night and a friend made me tea but she didn't ask how I liked it) and I thought it was pretty awful. I just like the taste of it so much I wouldn't want to put other stuff in it.

misstialouise
02-05-2006, 11:48 PM
I do prefer honey to sugar in my tea, it gives it a lovely delicate flavour.

I will, however, serve sugar cubes when company comes.

I also put soy milk in my tea, I've developed a lactose intolerance so I save my 'rotten tummy post milk' feelings for things like Gelato ;)

tab
02-05-2006, 11:56 PM
I love tea. I will put milk and sugar in black tea, but I mostly drink green and I can't imagine milk in green tea. I still have a bit of sugar, though. I think artificial sweeteners are gross and probably bad for me, though I know sugar isn't the greatest either. I'm scouting my health food stores for stevia, which is a natural sweetener that is safe for diabetics, calorie-free and sweeter than sugar.
(Once I did a Google search for Splenda because I wanted to see if I could bake with it for my DBF's diabetic parents. A lot of the results were kinda scary.)

knittingparrot
02-05-2006, 11:59 PM
Mostly I use Splenda too (diet thing) But if it's tea, usually I drink flavored tea. But most of the time I drink coffee (like every morning :rofling: )

Ingrid
02-06-2006, 12:03 AM
For regular tea, I use about a half teaspoon of sugar. I can't stand the taste of any kind of artificial sweetener, and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar isn't going to kill me. I have one large cup in the morning, but drink coffee the rest of the day. Can't start my day without my tea, though.

alsojanet
02-06-2006, 12:04 AM
Your question made me curious, so I did a little surfing of my own. I didn't find anything specific about Splenda and tea but this seems to be a fairly comprehensive article about sweeteners of all kinds. I don't know anything about the author or the cite, but here it is for what it's worth.

http://www.hpakids.org/holistic-health/articles/126/1/Sugar%7B47%7DSweeteners

sfavereau
02-06-2006, 12:11 AM
I like my tea with honey, but that's a new thing for me... I used to put regular old sugar in it. DH likes honey in his and he had me try it. I love it that way now!

I really don't like milk in my tea, but I'll put in my coffee. Like misstialouise, I'm also lactose intolerant, but a little milk won't kill me. I do have that awful stomach feeling if I have ice cream, but I'll do it to myself anyway, if the ice cream is good enough! :oops: [/quote]

Arugula
02-06-2006, 12:14 AM
I wanted to make a pecan pie for my dad recently so I surfed the internet for diabetic friendly recipes. (he has adult onset, non-insulin injection) Interestingly enough, the information I found said that it is better to use regular sugar and then avoid other simple carbs rather than use artificial sweeteners. So we made the pie and didn't have the peas and potatos we were planning to with supper. The official diabetic associations embrace artificial sweeteners but many specialists (doctors) question the practice.

Oh, and I cast another vote for plain, though I hestitate to call it plain. Tea is so flavorful and complex it can hardly be called plain just because you don't add milk or sweetener to it. The only tea I have ever sweetened was Moroccan Mint and I added honey because it just didn't have the complexity I look for in tea.

punkhippiemom
02-06-2006, 12:38 AM
I love tea. I will put milk and sugar in black tea, but I mostly drink green and I can't imagine milk in green tea. I still have a bit of sugar, though. I think artificial sweeteners are gross and probably bad for me, though I know sugar isn't the greatest either. I'm scouting my health food stores for stevia, which is a natural sweetener that is safe for diabetics, calorie-free and sweeter than sugar.
(Once I did a Google search for Splenda because I wanted to see if I could bake with it for my DBF's diabetic parents. A lot of the results were kinda scary.)
My aunt (Yes, she's diabetic) uses stevia, she swears by it. I haven't tried it yet, but she has a sweet tooth, so I trust her judgement! :rofling:
I almost always drink black tea, so I put milk and sugar in it... When I drink herbal tea, just sugar - what's strange is that although I like my coffee with sweetener, I can't stand it in my tea.. :??

carollovesyarn
02-06-2006, 02:12 AM
Depends on the tea. Usually I have honey with soy milk, but I kind of prefer milk - just don't normally have it on hand. Green tea definitely needs nothing. Sometimes other teas are sweet enough on their own, but I really like a little soy or milk in most.

A milk question for those who use it: when do you put the milk in? My aunt puts it in right after the water. She thinks it makes better tea. I was always told adding the milk stopped the brewing.

I heard the same thing about sweetening tea, but I have no idea if it's true. I always add stuff when I'm done brewing! I don't want to blow a good cuppa.

knitbebe
02-06-2006, 02:14 AM
I love Rooibus Red tea (yummy) with milk and scant of sugar! knitting & cup of tea is pure bliss!!



knitbebe

Jan in CA
02-06-2006, 02:17 AM
I drink both tea and coffee plain. If I were going to use a sweetener it would probably be Splenda. I keep for the occasional bowl of cereal that needs it.

jessi_9783
02-06-2006, 02:33 AM
My mom and I like a little tea with our sugar.http://www.techhelpers.net/e4u/comp/comp11.gif My mom likes hers with lemon, lots of lemon. Our family teases us by saying our kitchen could be completely empty but they would bet their lives that we have lemons, sugar, and tea. Unfortunately for us they're right.

Nomad
02-06-2006, 03:29 AM
Ahhh, tea - my favourite beverage! :inlove:

I grew up taking it with milk & sugar. Where I'm from it's the universal cure for everything.... Fallen & grazed your knee? Have a cup of tea & it'll be all right. Broken up with your boyfriend? Have a nice cuppa & all will be well. Broken both your legs & arms? Forget medicine, all you need is a hot cuppa & you'll be feeling better in no time! :roflhard:

My mother seriously believes in the power of hot sweet tea to cure all ills and especially shock. Amazingly, I've found it actually works to some degree & I figure it's a healthier comfort food than chocolate! Nothing makes me feel better after a crappy day at work than a large cup of tea with 2 sugars.

So, for normal days I drink my tea (5-6 cups a day) with milk but no sugar & add sugar if I need the comfort.

On the question of when to add the milk - the correct way would be to add it to the cup first - but that's assuming the tea is brewed in a teapot & poured onto the milk in the cup. If I use a teabag (which I usually do, PG Tips rule!) then the tea is brewed in the cup & the bag removed prior to adding milk.

Oh, and I'm talking about black tea of course - in the UK that's what 'tea' is; others would be specifically 'herbal tea', 'iced tea', 'green tea' etc. Tea is either hot black tea drink... or a meal but that's a completely different discussion ;)

signed: tea lover, coffee hater :D

Vendie
02-06-2006, 07:33 AM
"black" all the way. I only put honey in it when I have a sore throat. Otherwise, I prefer the natural flavor of the tea.

Angelia
02-06-2006, 08:35 AM
Milk (preferrably half & half) and sugar (the real stuff)! :heart: If the tea comes from my teapot, the milk and sugar go in the cup first. If it's a teabag in a cup, then the milk and sugar go in after the tea has steeped. I rarely drink "plain" tea unless it's iced tea. I only drink hot tea in winter for some reason...but I drink coffee all year round.

dustinac
02-06-2006, 09:45 AM
Mostly sugar and milk... if I have a sore throat then will add honey... I can't drink it plain lol

kayeknit
02-06-2006, 09:52 AM
I LOVE tea! I drink lots of green tea, and I love Earl Gray too. I NEVER put anything in my tea. I just love the natural flavor. But I do usually eat something sort of sweet with my tea (cinnamon-raisin bagel, dried apricots, etc.). My favorite time of the day is "teatime"! ;)

Lisa1216
02-06-2006, 09:56 AM
Plain, black tea. Even if I have iced tea it needs to be unsweetened. I usually just leave the tea bag in my cup and just keep adding hot water to it when it gets low.

Darhain
02-06-2006, 11:53 AM
If it's black tea, then a bit of stevia or xylitol and some raw cream or whole milk. I love a good cuppa! :)

If it's green tea, then just a teeny touch of stevia or xylitol or sometimes I drink it straight. I also drink white teas and herbal teas straight, most of the time.

Splenda is a very scary thing! Some links:

http://www.holisticmed.com/splenda/

http://www.wnho.net/splenda.htm

http://www.splendaexposed.com

http://www.mercola.com/2000/dec/3/sucralose_dangers.htm#

And a quote from the last one:

"Considering that Splenda bears more chemical similarity to DDT than it does to sugar ..." (Bold is mine.)

Angelia
02-06-2006, 02:14 PM
"Considering that Splenda bears more chemical similarity to DDT than it does to sugar ..." (Bold is mine.)

EEK! :shock: It does have a fizziness that is very suspicious...

feministmama
02-06-2006, 03:14 PM
Thanks for all the info on sweetners. I use honey in my tea if it needs it. I love roobios (sp?) and green and ginger peach. Black teas Ilike Lady Grey from Tiwinnings. Oh yeah Celestial Seasonings sleepytime and tension tamer are good too (I have a feeling though that Celestail Seasonings did something bad. I'll have to check) Tea+knitting = :heart:

PurlyGyrl
02-06-2006, 04:42 PM
A shot of Jack Daniels!!! :shock: And I'm not a drinking woman. :fingerwag: Yes, I'm having a very stressful day at work. :wall: Can you tell?

knitncook
02-07-2006, 11:47 AM
I'm another "depends on the tea" Some teas like Blue Ginger Chakra tea don't need anything. Other teas like plain black tea need honey, lemon and milk. Honey is my prefered sweetener. I can't stand artificial sweeteners. They taste awful and I'm always suspicious of them. When Splenda first came out it was all the rage about how it tasted like sugar becuse it was made from sugar (right) and that it was only one molecule different from sugar. And margarine is only one molecule away from being plastic and I don't eat that either! Some things you just shouldn't mess with IMO.

I don't care too much for stevia. It's sweet, but a different sweet than what I like. I consider it the black jelly beans of natural sweeteners. I'll eat them but only if the red, green, yellow, orange, and purple ones are gone first :)

Darhain
02-07-2006, 12:49 PM
I'm another "depends on the tea" Some teas like Blue Ginger Chakra tea don't need anything. Other teas like plain black tea need honey, lemon and milk. Honey is my prefered sweetener. I can't stand artificial sweeteners. They taste awful and I'm always suspicious of them. When Splenda first came out it was all the rage about how it tasted like sugar becuse it was made from sugar (right) and that it was only one molecule different from sugar. And margarine is only one molecule away from being plastic and I don't eat that either! Some things you just shouldn't mess with IMO.

I don't care too much for stevia. It's sweet, but a different sweet than what I like. I consider it the black jelly beans of natural sweeteners. I'll eat them but only if the red, green, yellow, orange, and purple ones are gone first :)

I just wanted to say about stevia that it really depends which brand you get. Some are not so good -- very bitter with a bad aftertaste -- and some are great. So if you get one you don't like, give another one a try.

NesanelRose
02-07-2006, 06:48 PM
It all depends on what type of tea I'm drinking, though I've found that honey tastes really good in ALL tea...or at least to me. I haven't had milk in my tea in years, but I've got alot of Rose Petal black tea as my stash, so I'll probably have it in my tea one of these days.

I despise artificial sweeteners. I often get horrible headaches from anything that has Nutrasweet in it, so Equal and Sweetandlow are avoided at all costs. Splenda only sometimes has that reaction, but the taste of it is horrible to me as is, so I'd just avoid it because of that.
If the occassion calls for it, a little bit of natural sugar does me just fine. :)

mks22300
02-07-2006, 08:29 PM
I usually drink herbal tea so I like adding a bit of honey to it. I haven't had milk in my tea since I was little and then I think it was probably more milk than tea!

Kirochka
02-08-2006, 04:44 PM
I like to put Silk Creamer (soymilk creamer) in my tea! Unless I'm in Ireland, where I drink more tea per day than anywhere or any time else and have it with lots of milk or cream! For some reason I rarely if ever use a sweetener, although the Silk Creamer is slightly sweet.

Love chai lattes with honey, though! :drooling:

ETA: There's a place in the West Village where I had a green tea soy latte that was incredibly good. It had never occurred to me to put creamer in roasted green tea before - now I do it all the time and love it. Found the website: http://www.soyluckclub.com/

LM Needle Fanatic
02-08-2006, 11:22 PM
Nomad:

I agree with your mother! Every time I feel a sinus headache coming on I make myself a cuppa and it goes away (which is good since buying sinus meds OTC has become a matter of signing your life away)

As for what I take in my tea, milk and sugar all the way. My grandmother got me into that habit. She used to say she only took 2 sugars in her tea....but the sugar spoon she used was about the size of a garden trowel :rofling:

amy
02-09-2006, 12:23 AM
soy milk and sugar! ...unless it's peppermint tea, or an herbal blend, then I prefer honey. yummmm.

Darhain, thanks for that info on artificial sweeteners! I have two friends with Graves disease, and I passed on the info about Aspartame illness can mimick Graves disease, just in case that's what they have! ....scary!

Nana
02-09-2006, 02:54 AM
Very strong, with lots of milk.

Phretys
02-09-2006, 04:08 AM
Another Stevia fan here. I did have to try a couple of brands until I found one I liked. There was one brand that had lactose added for some reason, and it left a black licorice aftertaste, bleah! You can bake with Stevia, though I haven't tried yet.

Debi

Holly
02-09-2006, 10:58 AM
I'm a Splenda fan (the diet thing). The idea of putting milk in my tea also gave me the willies, but I recently tried it with Chai tea...mmm. As a general rule, though, I like strong tea with a packet of Splenda and no milk.

Cristy
02-09-2006, 12:32 PM
I appreciate the splenda info too...I need to sit down and really comb through it--i admit that I'm just as much of a consumer as the next joe blow...it sounded like a good thing--so I started using it. Looks like it isn't necessarily so good afterall.
I have no idea what Stevia is...I get images of Stevie Nicks dancing around when I read that word...lol.
My only issue with honey is that I don't feel like it sweetens very well w/o me having to add a ton!

jodstr2
02-09-2006, 12:43 PM
my ex SIL got me using stevia in 1990 when she sold Sunrider products. the taste took some getting used to but it was okay.

in the past year or so I've been trying to cut down on any added sweeteners, so I've been drinking my tea plain most of the time. once in a great while I'll use a packet or two of Splenda.

awos1244
02-09-2006, 06:57 PM
I like my tea sweetened with sugar and loads of fresh lemon juice. It's probably more like an Arnold Palmer by the time I get through doctoring it. :sunny:

Kirochka
02-10-2006, 09:04 AM
Wow! I had never heard the term "Arnold Palmer" for a drink until last night (we were watching a DVD of Dead Like Me and someone ordered one) and now here it is this morning on a thread! :shock: :D

I forgot to add, when it comes to ICED tea, which I never used to drink until I started traveling to the South, it must have lots of sugar! :D

MrTea
02-10-2006, 03:56 PM
I enjoy my tea with butter, croutons, some of those tiny marshmallows and a single bay leaf. Garnish with a cocktail umbrella and a sprig of mint.

8-)

Jan in CA
02-10-2006, 04:33 PM
I enjoy my tea with butter, croutons, some of those tiny marshmallows and a single bay leaf. Garnish with a cocktail umbrella and a sprig of mint.

8-)

:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

awos1244
02-11-2006, 02:30 AM
Wow! I had never heard the term "Arnold Palmer" for a drink until last night (we were watching a DVD of Dead Like Me and someone ordered one) and now here it is this morning on a thread! :shock: :D

I forgot to add, when it comes to ICED tea, which I never used to drink until I started traveling to the South, it must have lots of sugar! :D

There are no coincidences ;) ...and what I find interesting is that I live in Los Angeles and I see that you live near my home town, Chicago.

Kirochka
02-11-2006, 09:33 AM
There are no coincidences ;) ...and what I find interesting is that I live in Los Angeles and I see that you live near my home town, Chicago.

Yup... except I've only lived here six years... I'm actually a New Yorker! :rollseyes:

awos1244
02-13-2006, 02:05 AM
There are no coincidences ;) ...and what I find interesting is that I live in Los Angeles and I see that you live near my home town, Chicago.

Yup... except I've only lived here six years... I'm actually a New Yorker! :rollseyes:

I visited Chicago and New York City last summer...my dad lived in the theater district for more than thirty years. :sunny: