Sweet southern ice tea that even a diabetic can enjoy

Sweet Southern Ice Tea That Even A Diabetic Can Enjoy

If you have ever visited the Carolinas then you have probably enjoyed at least a few glasses of the “wine of the south” otherwise known as ice tea.  If you order it in a Charleston restaurant it will in all likelihood come sweetened without you asking.  If you complain about that the wait person will give you a “what’s wrong with you boy?” look but return with an unsweetened glass of tea for the poor dumb Yankee.

Southern ice tea is sweet.  That would seem to make it a no-no for a diabetic but there is a way to get around that.  Actually some types of tea like black, green or oolong actually improve insulin production.  In addition all teas are good sources of antioxidants which have a number of health benefits including reducing blood pressure.  The problem for diabetics with southern tea is the sweet part.  This article is going to show you a simple way to get around that little obstacle.

If you live in the south, or you want to pretend you do, you always want to have ice tea available.  Now that could mean boiling water a number of times each day and that’s kind of a drag particularly in the heat of summer.  However, you can easily make a home brewed tea concentrate that will cut down your boiling time, take up ? of the space in your refrigerator and ensure that you always have tea ready to drink.

You’re going to need a 1 gallon pitcher and a tea pot or pan with at least a 1 gallon capacity.  Fill the teapot to the top and set on a burner to boil.  Put 2 cups of  Splenda or other artificial sweetener in the pitcher.   When the water boils pour it from the pan into the pitcher with the Splenda.  Use a long wooden spoon to stir the mix until the Splenda dissolves.  Toss in three family size tea bags and walk away.

After about two hours (or longer if you like) pull the bags out and squeeze the excess water back into the pitcher.  That’s it you’re done.  What you have is a concentrate that will make 3 gallons of tea from the one gallon of your home brew.  Keep the concentrate in the fridge and just be sure to remember to only add a third of a glass of concentrate to every glass you pour.

So there you have it.  A sweet glass of southern ice tea that even a diabetic can enjoy.

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