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Sugar in tea? Ok or not

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 02, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I know how bad sugar is for you...but I do miss sugar in my tea.

Do you think it would be ok if I had 2 teaspoons of sugar in my tea (not everyday) as sort of a 'treat'? Or should I just stick to dark chocolate?

And how does sugar hinder the progress of weight loss?

Thanks :)

D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:18 AM

I do half/half turbinado sugar (which tastes sweeter than regular sugar) and Xylitol (which is technically not Paleo, but it's not as bad as other fake sweeteners). Or I add locally harvested honey, which supposedly helps fight pollen allergies.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Agreed. Once I eliminated sugars of all kinds, the thought of sweetening my black coffee started to sound repulsive.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:19 PM

What Michael said.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on December 02, 2012
at 03:45 PM

so does excess anythimg.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 02, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Try adding stevia leaf while it's brewing.

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on December 02, 2012
at 01:31 PM

Honey would be better imo. Sugar is shown to decrease BMD, and more bones are usually better.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on December 02, 2012
at 12:42 PM

I think that if your diet is in check except for the occasional sugar in your tea then you are doing wonderfully.

Eat healthy but not to the point of going crazy. My weight progress is not held up by treats (when used occasionally) but generally reflects the 90% of my diet that is healthy and the calorie deficit that I maintain.

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:11 PM

There is some interesting but inconclusive evidence that there is something "different" about sweet drinks as opposed to other sweet foods, and possibly sweet drinks are interpreted differently by the body, and don't send the same sort of signals to the brain. So if you're trying to lose weight, I'd be careful with sweet drinks.

Also agree with borofergie that giving up sugar for a time really helps. I now find that a tiny amount (like 1/2 teaspoon) of honey in my herbal tea at night is "enough", when it didn't use to be.

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D8f10efbb2da1d53290a4dad3ee58f00

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on December 03, 2012
at 05:20 AM

I do half/half turbinado sugar (which tastes sweeter than regular sugar) and Xylitol (which is technically not Paleo, but it's not as bad as other fake sweeteners). Or I add locally harvested honey, which supposedly helps fight pollen allergies.

basically i drink much hot tea now than before and limit the amount of honey or sugar (barely 1/2 small teaspoon)

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on December 02, 2012
at 09:08 PM

I have a heaping teaspoon of sugar (so probably two measured tsps) with black tea and whole milk once per day now, adding it into my diet about 2-3 weeks ago, and I feel great. It's probably 50 calories total since I just add a touch of milk. The milk seems to make it more filling as a beverage, and sugar (or honey if you prefer) has an amazing viscosity that stevia (even if it tasted as good as sugar) could never achieve, which is part of the mouth pleasure aspect. I have noticed bigger stalls in weight loss or just normal gains from having nuts in my diet than from sugar or starch, but I think everyone is different. Give it a shot and see how you feel, monitor your weight and any symptoms from anything that you might have and go for it, especially if it is just an occasional treat.

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on December 02, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Unless you have some sugar problaems that will be triggered, I think it's fine. It's a minimal amount, and you're completely aware that you're consuming it.

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on December 02, 2012
at 12:27 PM

It's entirely up to you. I guess that you know that neither "injesting refined carbohydrates" nor "drinking your calories" are ever really going to help your weight loss. Sugar ain't Paleo for sure.

It depends on how many cups of tea you drink. Each teaspoon is about 5g of carbohydrate, or 10g per cup of tea. If you only have one or two cups a day as your only "treat" then it might be OK. If you're English like me, and therefore drink about 10 cups a day, it starts to be a bit of a problem.

Based on this logic, if you had only one spoonfull of sugar, you could drink twice as much tea.

Not sure how long you've been trying, but staying away from sweetners for a while makes the them taste kinda overpowering when you go back.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

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on December 02, 2012
at 04:21 PM

Agreed. Once I eliminated sugars of all kinds, the thought of sweetening my black coffee started to sound repulsive.

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on December 02, 2012
at 12:21 PM

sugar = carbs, exess carbs equals fat gain

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on December 02, 2012
at 03:45 PM

so does excess anythimg.

0382fa263de4c83328dc34a56e25437f

(4238)

on December 02, 2012
at 04:19 PM

What Michael said.

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