Drinking tea with several spoonfuls of sugar might not sound like such a bad thing, but several studies have shown otherwise, with it being associated with cancer and heart disease. In addition, consuming too much sugar can increase the risk of conditions like obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
In the study, researchers found that drinking tea without sugar is beneficial and that long-time tea drinkers can make this change without craving sugar.
For the study, the researchers observed 64 men who usually consumed tea with sugar for one month. The participants were separated into three groups.
The findings indicated that both sugar reduction strategies were effective: Some of the tea drinkers were able to enjoy their beverages even without adding sugar. A follow-up conducted a month after the study revealed that 42 percent of those who gradually reduced their sugar intake reported that they no longer drink sweetened tea. Meanwhile, 36 percent of the participants in the group that quit sugar reported that they also stopped adding sugar to their tea. Only six percent of the volunteers in the control group quit drinking tea with sugar.
The researchers acknowledged that while there are health benefits to cutting down on one's sugar intake, some of the participants would be unwilling to drink tea without sugar, especially if they have gotten used to consuming a sweeter tea. However, scientists remain hopeful that the same approach can help people lower the amount of sugar they add to various drinks. (Related: Why diabetics should drink more tea and eat more cherries.)
Drinking unsweetened tea is only one way to cut down your sugar intake. If you want to manage your sugar consumption, follow the tips below.
The researchers involved in the study cautioned that consuming too much sugar is a public health problem that must be addressed immediately, especially since sugary drinks is linked to total intake. Cutting down on sugar added to beverages can help drastically reduce overall use, which can also lower diabetes risk.