In a society that judges you based on the amount of sugar you have in your tea
When asked the question “How many sugars do you take in your tea?” when someone is kindly offering to pour me a nice warm cup of tea why is there a sudden gasp of complete and utter shock when I announce I would like 3 or 4 spoons of sugar in my tea?
“You what??” they reply, “How much??” as their astounded and puzzled gaze stares right through me. Was it something I said that has left them seemly stunned and paralysed with astonishment? As the sound of the Kettle boiling breaks the awkward silence and tension in the room.
In a society full of norms, standards, protocols and conformity, what exactly is the ‘normal’ amount of sugar one should take in their tea that is deemed acceptable by the masses? Angrily salivating at the mouth with pitchforks and tea spoons in the air, protesting at the sheer audacity that you would dare have more than 2 tea spoons of sugar in your tea.
Well, let’s look at some logic and facts first. Sugar contains no vitamins or minerals, and what’s more your body has to spend the ones it stored from the healthy food you eat just to fully move the sugar out of your digestive system. As a result, the sugar essentially robs your body of these beneficial nutrients. Your body could be using these nutrients for far more important purposes such as to fight infections or allergies. Because of this you lose energy and your immune system weakens. So no wonder the witch hunters (or should I say Sugar hunters) are left flabbergasted with my sugar requirement. But their reaction to my sugar intake, a little emotional wouldn’t you say?
Their reaction equals that of finding out someone close to them has died, it’s a bewildered moment of dumbfounded and confusion as they look at me with a face of disbelief and discomfort. It’s an uncomfortable moment as I am forced to go through the tedious process and give a valid explanation of why I choose to have this amount of sugar in my tea. Simply put, I like my tea sweet.
Which goes back to the original question, what is the socially accepted amount of sugar a normal person takes in their tea. 1 or 2 teaspoons of Sugar seems to be most commonly acceptable, but dare you go over that justified amount then be prepared to be judged, condemned and hung by the neck by a tag on a teabag.