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About sugar

  • A grain of sugar under the microscope is a translucent crystal, reflecting light from its 14 facets like a jewel
  • In the late 16th Century, a teaspoon of sugar cost the equivalent of ten pounds in London

Sugar and medicine

  • Sugar helps heal wounds. Sugar has been used for centuries to successfully aid in the healing of wounds. Sugar dries the wound thus preventing the growth of bacteria
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers use sugar to grow penicillin

Sugar and work

  • Film stuntmen use bottles and plate glass windows made of sugar
  • Sugar hardens asphalt. It slows the setting of ready-mixed concrete and glue
  • Sugar is used in leather tanning, printers' inks and dyes and even in textile sizing and finishing

Sugar and people

  • A pinch of sugar on the tongue is a traditional remedy for hiccups
  • A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will prolong the life of freshly cut flowers
  • Babies are born with an innate preference for the sweet taste
  • Our great grandmothers used sugar to starch their petticoats
  • Sugar is brain food. Sugar, and carbohydrates in general, are converted to blood glucose - the fundamental fuel needed by the brain

Sugar and food

  • A teaspoon of sugar after a hot curry will extinguish the furnace in your mouth
  • During World War II only 4oz sugar was allowed to be bought per person per week as part of the rations
  • Sugar caramelizes under heat. Caramelization gives cooked vegetables a pleasing taste, colour and aroma. Sugar in glazes and sauces provides caramelized flavors for cooked meats
  • Sugar has been an important food ingredient for centuries. Experts place the origin of sugar in the South Pacific about 8000 years ago
  • Sugar helps foods brown. When bread is toasted or cookies are baked, sugar combines with proteins to produce the appetizing brown colour and pleasing aromas
  • Sugar inhibits mould and yeast growth. Sugar increases the useful life of jams and jellies by binding the water needed by mould and yeast for growth
  • Sugar makes nutritious foods tasty enough to eat. Just imagine what healthy foods like oatmeal, grapefruit and bran muffins would taste like without a sprinkle of sugar
  • Sugar softens acidity in foods. Sugar improves the taste of salad dressings, tomato sauces and many other acidic foods by balancing their tartness
  • A 4g teaspoon of sugar has just 16 calories


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Eating a healthy, balanced diet along with taking regular exercise is key to physical and mental wellbeing.

No foods should be considered as ‘good or bad’ as all foods play an important role in the diet. It is only when foods are eaten in excess that health problems result.

Read more about eating healthy