So many of us have this habit – we think we cannot drink our tea without sugar which is why we add teaspoons with hills of sugar into the beverage before we sip it. But the habit of adding sugar to tea does more harm than good.
Tea has been shown by research to be good for heart health, cognitive abilities, digestive system, immunity, as well as bone health. But tea, which is an otherwise healthy drink, can be made unhealthy because of too much sugar.
A new research says that reducing sugar content in tea doesn’t have any effect on people’s liking for the drink. This suggests that regardless of what we may think, cutting down on sugar will not make us not feel like taking our tea on time.
What Does This Study Reveal?
A new research which has been carried out by scientists from the University College London in collaboration with the University of Leeds has found that taking sugar without tea doesn’t reduce the admiration people have for the beverage.
This new study, the findings of which have been presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, says that cutting back on sugar in tea in gradual steps or all at once at both effective at making people halt at adding sugar to their brew.
The study was carried out with the purpose of reducing sugar intake in the diets of Britons. Excess sugar is unhealthy in many ways and it can chip in weight gain. Moreover, people are already consuming a lot of sugar as part of beverages such as soft drinks.
For the purpose of this study, the team looked at the data which was peer reviewed by officials of the conference in Glasgow. The data was of 64 individuals who drank tea with sugar as a habit. For a month, these men were made to follow a different procedure.
The group pf participants was divided into two equally. Group one slowly reduced the addition of sugar in their tea over a course of four weeks, and the second group quit it all at once. A third control group continued drinking sweetened tea.
It was found that the people who decreased sugar in their tea still loved their cuppa just as much. Moreover, 42% of people in the first group quite taking sugar with tea, 36% of people from the second group did so too, and from the control group, 6% of people eliminated sugar from their tea.
The authors of the study said, “Reducing sugar in tea doesn’t affect liking, suggesting long-term behavior change is possible. Similar interventions could be used to reduce intake of sugar in other beverages such as dilutable fruit juices as well.”
Keeping in view that several many dangerous conditions, such as heart disease, high blood sugar, and obesity, are linked to excess sugar intake more people need to be encouraged to reduce sugar content in their diet. Sugar consumption should be kept as minimal as possible.