It could be a ritual for many, but scientists say your cup does not need a spoonful of sugar.
One study found that participants could turn them off without affecting their enjoyment ̵
Scientists said giving up at one go or gradually reducing intake was an effective strategy for reducing consumption.
The authors said a larger study was needed to confirm their findings.
A team of researchers from University College London and the University of Leeds analyzed over a month data for 64 men who usually drank sugar-sweetened tea.
The participants were equally divided into men who had stopped in a drastic step, those who gradually reduced tea in tea, and a control group who continued to drink sweetened tea.
The results suggest that the groups reduced the sugar could still enjoy a cuppa without a spoonful of sweet stuff.
At the end of the study, 42% of those in the gradual reduction group gave sugar in tea and 36% of those who eliminated it in one go.
Six percent of the men in the control group also gave it up in their Cuppa.
The team concluded, "The reduction of sugar in tea does not have a positive impact on preferences, suggesting long-term behavioral change."
The researchers used similar methods to reduce the intake of other beverages, such as quash
The results were peer reviewed by conference officials from the European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow.