Many people think that adding sugar to tea is pointless. Like, this drink is already good for toning and even has a low calorie content, so it's great for maintaining health.

But some nutritionists and tea testers (professional tea tasters) argue that sugar tea has several important, albeit non-obvious, benefits.

Why you need to drink tea with sugar

If you make sweet tea, it will help to cheer you up. This is not surprising. After all, there is an increase in blood glucose levels. It is for this reason that doctors recommend drinking tea with sugar if you feel weak or dizzy. It can help bring your well-being back to normal. But sugar-free tea in this case will not help at all.

If we talk about taste, then thanks to sugar, the taste and aroma of weakly brewed tea improves. Most varieties that secrete a large amount of tannins, sugar helps to remove bitterness. For example, it works great with Indian asam tea, milk oolong, fruit mixes.

It is recommended to drink tea with sugar and milk after any poisoning, because it perfectly cleanses the gastrointestinal tract and helps to normalize digestion.

And fresh black tea with sugar helps to quickly get out of stress, improve the functioning of the cardiovascular system.

What happens if you drink tea without sugar: harm

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Sometimes there is an individual intolerance to the drink. If you do not add sugar to it, the tea becomes too strong, astringent, and therefore such a drink should be used with caution by people with high eye pressure. Very strong tea without sugar can even flush fluoride from the teeth, and the effect of such a drink on enamel has been known for quite some time. If you drink strong black tea every day, the enamel will turn yellow and fade.

It is the addition of sugar to tea that helps catechins (antioxidants that protect the body from the development of cardiovascular diseases, suppress the influenza virus, and slow down the aging process) to be better absorbed in the body. This was proved by a study by American scientists.

How to replace sugar in tea

If you want to give up sugar or cut back on it, but love sweet tea, here are five of the best alternatives.

Honey helps reduce oxidative stress, soothe a sore throat, and maintain low blood sugar levels.

Coconut sugar contains almost half the glycemic index of regular sugar. It also contains iron, vitamin C, B vitamins, and antioxidants.

Maple syrup stabilizes blood sugar levels, aids digestion, and fights inflammation inside the body. And it's very low in calories.

Fruits and berries — while not as sweet as sugar, are healthier. You can diversify the taste of tea with the help of apple, pear, cranberry, orange, currant.

Stevia is a popular plant-based sweetener that is 200 times sweeter than white sugar but contains no calories.