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Interesting facts about sugar

Interesting facts about sugar

  • Sugar can be used as a food preservative: High sugar concentrations cause bacteria to lose water through a process called osmosis and without water, bacteria can’t grow or divide.

  • Sugar was once considered a spice, not a sweetener : When sugar was first introduced to England in the twelfth century, it was grouped with other tropical spices like ginger, cinnamon, and saffron, and used by the very wealthy to season savory dishes. 

  • Sugar Craving: Kids' sugar cravings are rooted in biology. The only taste humans are born craving is sugar.

  • Sugar is addictive: Quitting sugar abruptly can cause pain, nausea, and flu-like symptoms. Reference with addiction area in brain.

Sugar addiction may be genetic. Studies show that those who had genetic changes in a hormone called ghrelin consume more sugar (and alcohol) than those who had no gene variation.

  • Artificial Sweeteners: The artificial sweeteners saccharin and aspartame were found accidentally when lab workers were doing research that had nothing to do with sweetening put a bit of the test compounds in their mouths and liked what they tasted.

  • A compound called lugduname a guanidine compound is the sweetest compound known more than 200,000 times as sweet as table sugar and 3,00,000 times as sweet as sucrose.

  • Most of the citrus fruits have acids which masks the sweetness of the sugar in them, though they have more sugar than some of the sweet tasting fruits like strawberries.

  • Sugar cane juice rich in Calcium, Cobalt, Potassium and Vitamins A, B, C.

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