Scientists say sugar isn’t needed for a good cup of tea

How do you take your tea? With milk? Sugar? Well scientists say that sugar won’t actually make it more enjoyable. In a study, they found that those who cut it out in one drastic step or gradually reduced it over time still enjoyed their daily cuppa just as much...


How do you take your tea? With milk? Sugar? Well scientists say that sugar won’t actually make it more enjoyable.

In a study, they found that those who cut it out in one drastic step or gradually reduced it over time still enjoyed their daily cuppa just as much.

The team, from University College London and the University of Leeds, said that it suggests a long-term change in behaviour was possible.

In their study, they wrote: ‘Excess sugar intake is a public health problem and sugar in beverages contributes substantially to total intake.

‘Reducing sugar intake from beverages may therefore help to reduce overall consumption.’ They analysed data for 64 men who habitually drank tea sweetened with sugar, who followed a new protocol for one month.

The group was split equally into men who gradually reduced the sugar in their tea over the four weeks, those who quit sugar in tea in one step, and a control group who continued drinking sweet tea.

The results showed that the sugar reduction groups were able to get rid of sugar without it affecting how much they liked their tea. Some 42% of those in the gradual reduction group quit sugar in tea, as did 36% of those who eliminated sugar in one step, and 6% of those in the control group. The researchers concluded: ‘Individuals can successfully reduce the amount of sugar consumed in tea using two different behavioural strategies.

‘Reducing sugar in tea doesn’t affect liking, suggesting long-term behaviour change is possible. ‘Similar interventions could be used to reduce intake of sugar in other beverages such as dilutable fruit juices (eg squash), as well.’ The authors added that a bigger trial was needed to confirm the findings.


Source: Metro.co.uk



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