How long to get used to it? Bleugggh!
Back in the days when I was too young to know better and believed Lent was a good idea I gave up sugar in tea, so I went from 2 spoons to none, and after six and a bit weeks I can honestly say I preferred it without, and never went back. If you really don't like having none at all, I'm sure even a quarter/half spoon will make a significant difference to the taste, with the calorie count being rather less than significant.
Taste buds adapt, so with perseverance you would get used to it. Don't go from one sugar to none, cut down step wise - 3/4, 1/2, etc.
Have you tried artificial sweeteners? Or maybe use fructose - it's sweeter than sucrose, so you use can less
I cut down from having 2 sugars in my tea to none when I was a kid and realised that I really didn't like sweet tea.
Other options are to filter your water - if you live in a hard water area the water tastes vile. Used to have a water softener when a youth - the water was the best thing you could ever drink. No need for squash or fizzy drinks. ho hum.
Change the variety of tea that you are drinking. Most tea bags are made from dust which tastes like - well dust, one grade up is fannings which isn't much better. I'm a tea snob. Ditch the pg tips. I buy loose leaf tea from a shop that sells tea, not the supermarket.
Almost since my first ever cup of tea, I've drunk it black & without sugar.
I also tend to have 2 'Yorkshire Tea' bags in a pint-mug for my brews
Wot Philpub said. (only in my case it was coffee - I don't do tea ).
Although it might be easier to do it step wise. going to no sugar all at one go will be a shock to the system! And even if you settled at 1/2 tsp, that's still a reduction in the calorie intake. You've got to enjoy drinking it! Maybe leave iot for a few months, then try again. No need to do it all in a rush.
Hi B Team,
I have found that over time I have become a "tea minimalist".
At home we all used to have 2 sugars in our tea. Then in the 70s (showing my age here!) there was a sugar shortage so we all cut down to 1. We didn't notice having less.
As I got older I would usually have sugar but sometimes not. Eventually I decided I preferred to taste the tea rather than the sugar so stopped havnig sugar. Then I switched from full fat milk to semi-skimmed.
Now, half the time I don't even have milk!
It is possble to acquire a taste for lots of things we don't like initially so keep at it - as biker-mouse says the water quality can make quite a big difference too.
BRT wrote (see)
Black with a slice of lemon is the only way.
Spent some time in Holland or Belgium, BRT?That's how we drink it there...You get funny looks if you put milk in your tea.
BT - I went from 2 spoons to none (also back in the late 70's) ... straight away, not a gradual withdrawal.
Probably took about a month, but since then, any drink with sugar in tastes disgusting.
I take milk with tea - except when travelling when I often have it black with lemon (either the milk, water or tea just isn't right). And I drink black coffee, also sugar free.
Keep trying - I think you'll actually taste the real tea (or coffee) better.
Don't deprive yourself B. I couldn't bear my strong macciato in the morning without 2 brown sugars. Coffee without sugar? What's the point?
Must admit, I don't drink tea* but have Indian chai v occasionally and masala chai (home-made or local cafe) quite a bit. I feel like you need less sugar in tea but I still have a 1/2 tsp at the v least.
EDIT: *Traditional tea, that is.
I wouldn't recommend artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown them to be carcenogenic.
I lost quite a lot of weight when I went from 4 sugars to 2 whilst in an office where we had LOTS of tea
Might try having 1 for a while...
Have you thought about switching to a different tea? I haven't drunk 'normal' tea since I was a kid, I used to have about 4 or 5 sugars in it to make it drinkable. Not being able to keep that up for all my life I switched to herbal tea in my late teens and have never looked back.
There's such a wide variety of choices nowadays & they usually have their own health benefits too. I've been drinking nettle & mint for a few years now, the mint is good for the digestive system & the nettle is good for cleansing.
Did it cold turkey. It didn't take long, couple of weeks and now I can't stand the hint of sugar anywhere near tea. Bleugh.
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