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4 dangers of adding raw sugar to tea

Adding uncooked sugar to your tea can pose several dangerous effects on your health

Adding sugar to tea

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in Kenya cherished by most households.

It is customary in many cultures to add sugar to enhance the taste of tea. However, there is a lesser-known concern associated with consuming uncooked sugar or the sugar that is added directly to tea.

This article looks at the potential effects of consuming uncooked sugar and highlights the importance of mindful sugar consumption for overall health and well-being.

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When sugar is added to tea without being dissolved or heated, it enters the body in its raw form. This can lead to a rapid spike in blood sugar levels due to the quick absorption of undissolved sugar particles into the bloodstream.

Such abrupt fluctuations can strain the body's insulin response, potentially increasing the risk of developing insulin complications.

Uncooked sugar in tea can also cause digestive problems. The undissolved sugar particles may irritate the lining of the digestive tract, leading to discomfort, bloating, and even diarrhoea in some individuals.

Furthermore, the excessive intake of uncooked sugar can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria, which play a crucial role in maintaining digestive health.

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Regular consumption of uncooked sugar in tea can have adverse effects on oral health. Sugar serves as food for harmful bacteria present in the mouth, leading to the production of acids that attack tooth enamel and contribute to tooth decay.

The stickiness of uncooked sugar particles can also promote plaque formation, further increasing the risk of dental cavities which can be problematic.

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Uncooked sugar in tea adds unnecessary calories to the diet without providing any nutritional value. Excessive sugar consumption is associated with weight gain and obesity.

Being mindful of sugar intake, including the uncooked sugar added to tea, is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight and preventing weight-related health issues.

To minimize the risks associated with uncooked sugar, individuals can opt for healthier alternatives to sweeten their tea.

Natural sweeteners such as honey, stevia, or cinnamon can add a touch of sweetness without the negative effects of uncooked sugar.

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Alternatively, reducing the amount of sugar added to tea or gradually transitioning to unsweetened tea can help acclimate taste buds to less sugary flavors.

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