Adding sugar to a cup of tea may be common to many, but scientists say eating it is not necessarily necessary.
A British study found that participants were able to get rid of sugar without affecting the enjoyment of tea, which indicates that a long-term behavior change is possible, according to the BBC.
Scientists said they stop their intake of sugar at one time, or gradually reduce their intake, two effective ways to reduce consumption, but the study authors have confirmed that there is a need for a larger study to confirm their results.
A team of researchers from the University of London and the University of Leeds analyzed data from a month of 64 men who drank local tea with sugar.
Participants were also divided into a group of men who stopped drinking sugar in tea once, others gradually reduced sugar for four weeks, and a third group continued to drink sugar.
The results indicated that people who reduced their sugar intake could still enjoy the taste of sugar-free tea. At the end of the study, 42% of the gradual reduction group gave up adding sugar to tea, as did 36% of those who stopped. It is added once, 6% of men in the third group also poured sugar.
"Reducing sugar in tea does not affect appetite, indicating that long-term behavior change is possible," the study team concluded. "Similar methods can be used to reduce the intake of sugar in other beverages. European Society for Obesity in the Scottish city of Glasgow.