Sugar in tea could be making you fat so don’t ruin a good brew.
Sugar! The public enemy in disguise that has been the root of the largest health epidemic in the West.
The S word has brought a simple joy to so many lives but at the expense of expanded waste lines, Type II diabetes and tooth decay.
There is a lot of sugar found in the foods that we buy from the supermarket and if that’s not enough there is an obsession with adding more to our food, especially corn flakes. But what about tea?
We all have different sweet thresholds. I don’t like sugar in my tea personally. I like to taste the bitterness of an English breakfast tea and do not what it ruined with a sprinkle of sugar. It is quite common for people to have 2 sugars with their tea.
The disappointment with sugar in tea
The first time that I tried sugar in tea was the day I drank my first cup. Though can it be mentioned that the sugar phase did not last long. Naturally being attracted to sweet things as a small kid it was not the sugar in tea that put me off. It was seeing my parents not sprinkle any sugar in their tea which caused me to follow.
Sugar in tea is a disappointment for two reasons. One it is obviously no good adding more to your everyday diet and two you are missing out on the great taste of tea.
The only exception when I think sugar should get the green signal is when using cheaper tea bags. Although as tea fanatics I don’t think this will ever been an option.
Teas that go well with sugar
There are few teas that sugar actually go well with. Take this for example, a cup of ‘normal tea’ goes well with sugar but it would be grim to pour sugar in a cup of Oolong!
Some black teas are more adaptable with sugar, mainly teas from the Assam variety that are full bodied and can hold their flavour well.
One tea in particular that is found to have a lot of sugar is our wonderful chai. Think of a high street coffee shop that we probably have in common and you will know that their chai is screaming with Type II diabetes. It is a real shame because it gives the impression that chai is bad for you when in fact it’s quite the opposite.
Chai is an ancient blend that has a lot of antioxidants and is very flavoursome without the sugar. Chai is very good for you and I would recommend a dash of honey instead of sprinkling the white stuff.
Our typical English brew is one that gets the green card for mixing well with sugar. Word of caution, watch your waste line because all that unused energy will eventually convert into fat. Raw honey or better Agave nectar is more of an ideal solution due to it’s more potent health properties.
There is one tea in particular that does not come from the Camellia Sinensis which I think tastes better with sugar. That tea is Yerba mate. Traditionally drunk from a Gourd, it is quite common to see people in the South American continent make additions to their Yerba. The sugary hit reduces the grassy taste of the Yerba making it more tasty as it is energising.
It is a matter of opinion
Added sugar is down to your own personal taste. As a bit of a health nut I personally do not like to add sugar as it is not good for you and secondly I prefer to taste the real taste of tea.
There is not much else to say here really apart that I would like to hear what you prefer to add to your tea. Please feel free to comment. We are all friends here 🙂
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