Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food.
Sugar is one of the world’s oldest ingredients. The people of New Guinea were most likely the first to domesticate sugar cane around 8000 B.C.
The word “sugar” originates from the Sanskrit word sharkara, which means “material in a granule form.” In Arabic, it is sakkar; Turkish is sheker; Italian is zucchero; and Yoruba speakers in Nigeria call it suga.
Sugar cane was brought to the New World in 1492 by Christopher Columbus.
Sugar releases an opiate-like substance that activates the brain’s reward system.
In the 1500s one teaspoon of sugar in London, England would have cost $5 by today’s standards.
The only taste humans are born craving is sugar.
Heinz ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar in each 1 tablespoon serving.
Lemons have more sugar than strawberries.
Brazil is the world’s largest producer of sugar cane.
India is the world’s largest consumer of sugar.
Sugar is found in unlikely places, such as tonic water, marinades, crackers, bread, fat-free dressing, and tomato sauce.
Brown sugar can be used very effectively to clean skin and pores.
Sugar can age the skin more than a lifetime of lying in the sun
The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar every day. Women should eat no more than 6, and men no more than 9.
The sweetest compound known is called lugduname. It’s over 20,000 times sweeter than sugar.
The biggest sugar producers are Brazil, India, The European Union, China, and Thailand.
Researchers found that high sugar intake negatively affects the survival rates in both breast cancer patients and colon cancer patients.
Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869. Ironically, a dentist named William Semple was the person behind this decision.
Before the 20th century, sugar was sold as one big rock and special tools were required to break ieces off.