Interesting facts about sugar

Posted on Mar 13, 2022      280

We consume sugar in our food every day, at least under normal circumstances. Even if you do not eat sweets, sugar probably enters your body with other foods that you eat, because it is contained in large enough quantities even in most fruits. But in moderate amounts it is good for the body, although people with an individual intolerance to it, or with diabetes, for obvious reasons need to exclude it from their diet and pay considerable attention to this issue.

Facts about sugar

  • In our body, it is broken down into fructose and glucose, and it is glucose that provides our body with about 50% of all the energy it consumes.
  • The first people in the world learned how to make sugar was in what is now India.
  • In the industrial, the raw material for the production of sugar is mostly either beet or cane. It can also be got from some other plants, but it is much less economically workable.
  • Sugar causes the release of the hormone dopamine in the pleasure center of your brain. So many people develop a very real addiction.
  • Sugar cane stalks can reach a height of 9 meters.
  • A tendency to excessive consumption of sweets, according to some studies, can be hereditary.
  • Over the past two decades, human consumption of sugar has increased to nearly 40 kilograms per year, as it is a component of most foods.
  • Excess sugar consumption causes higher insulin levels, leading to a higher risk of cancer.
  • Sugar is found in the most unexpected foods, and in quite large amounts. Ketchup and bread contain more sugar, as do many sauces in both traditional and international cuisine.
  • Natural sugar comprises lactose and fructose. Few people know that sugar added to food is characterized by a disproportionately high fructose content.
  • Studies on rats and humans have shown that consuming too much sugar affects the brain, potentially harming memory and causing overall brain aging. Salt is poisonous in large quantities.
  • From 1701 to 1810 about one million slaves from Africa were brought to Jamaica and Barbados alone to work on sugarcane plantations.

  • The world’s first sugar-beet factory was built by the German Achard in Cunern (Lower Silesia, now in Poland) in 1801 on the orders of the king who allocated the funds in 1800.
  • The highest per capita consumption of sugar is recorded in Brazil.
  • The Czech Republic has a monument to sugar or, to be more precise, to refined sugar. Refined sugar as cubes was invented in 1843 exactly.
  • At the moment 59% of all sugar in the world is made from cane and 41% from beet.
  • Sugar is extensively used in the manufacture of plastics, leather, pharmaceutical, tobacco and other non-food industries.
  • Dates contain the greatest amount of sugar among fruits and vegetables - 33.68 grams of white matter per 100 grams of product. Next with a significant difference comes the exotic jackfruit - 9.48 grams, in third place is the sultanas with 7.2 grams of sugar.
  • One type of sugar, glycolic aldehyde, has even been found in clusters of interstellar dust billions of kilometers away from our planet. Its reaction with other sugars produces ribose, the basis of DNA and RNA substances found in every living organism. From this we can make two assumptions. The first is that life on Earth could have originated just from the interaction of the components of such a dust cloud, and the second is that perhaps there is life not only on Earth.
  • Sugar was first described in 327 BC by the Greek historian Onesikritus, who accompanied Alexander the Great on his Indian campaign: “In India the reed gives honey without bees”.
  • Until the end of the 18th century, sugar was considered a luxury and was even called “white gold.
  • The synthesized sugar substitute lugdunam is almost 300 thousand times sweeter than traditional sugar. It only takes one tiny crystal to make tea sweet, while regular sugar would need at least 10 grams. A kilogram of this substitute would make an Olympic pool sweet and sugary. And the other sweeteners, aspartame and saccharin, were got quite by accident, during attempts to create a synthetic cure for ulcers.
  • During the Middle Ages in Europe, sugar was considered a medicine and was sold in pharmacies.

  • It is believed that the sugar sachet was invented by Benjamin Eisenstadt, the owner of a coffee shop in New York, in order to somehow optimize the use of sugar at the tables. However, before he could patent the invention, he shared his idea with manufacturing companies that immediately jumped on the idea.
  • In some countries, such as Brazil and India, cars are fueled with fuel derived from sugar beets. In fact, this fuel is combustible alcohol, which is harmless to the environment.
  • Some fruits can produce their own sugar. For example, ripe bananas produce sugar by breaking down starch, making bananas sweeter.
  • Over 110 million tons of sugar are produced in the world each year.
  • Sugar is a natural preservative that prevents food from spoiling.

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