Scientists from Leiden University (Netherlands) have discovered that adding sugar to tea and coffee does not have a negative effect on the body. The results of the study were presented as follows: magazine PLOS One.
The authors analyzed data from 32 years of follow-up of nearly 3,000 participants who regularly drank tea or coffee and added varying amounts of sugar to the beverage. At the beginning and end of the observation, the scientists performed a comprehensive health examination on the subjects and also evaluated the causes of death of some participants.
The results of the analysis showed that adding sugar to drinks was not associated with premature death. Those who drank tea and coffee with sweeteners had only one-fold increased risk of premature death compared to those who did not drink sugar. Scientists stated that this is a very small difference.
The authors also noted that this effect only persisted when 5 grams of sugar was added to the drink. Sodas, juices, and other beverages contain about 25 grams of sugar, so these drinks have health implications.