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Sugar From A To Z: 26 Things You Didn't Know About Sugar

Sugar From A To Z: 26 Things You Didn't Know About Sugar

From Napoleon to Mary Poppins or the undesirable effects it can cause, a list of interesting facts and figures about the world's most famous sweetener

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Alexander the Great
In 325 BC Alexander the Great, who had never seen sugar before, declared that in the Eastern world there was a “honey that had no need of bees”.

Brown Sugar
Brown Sugar is a song by the Rolling Stones, the opening track of their ninth album “Sticky Fingers”, released in 1971; it was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who used the term “brown sugar” as a reference to heroin and not demerara.

Sugar cane is a tropical plant that originates in Indo Malaysia and belongs to the grass family (poaceae). It may be squeezed to extract its juice or used in sugar production.

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases whose common denominator is the presence of persistently unstable levels of blood sugar, going from frequently occurring conditions of hyperglycemia to one of hypoglycemia.

Elizabeth Abbott
Elizabeth Abbott is a Canadian author and historian who in 2008 published Sugar: A Bittersweet History, an interesting account of the origins, history and social effects of sugar.

Fructose is a type of sugar to be found in most varieties of sweet fruit and in honey. It is the sweetest variety of all sugars and is easily converted into glucose within the liver and intestine.

Before the invention of artificial sweeteners, all chewing gum contained sugar. We owe the first recipe to William Semple, who registered its patent in 1869; one of the main ingredients was in fact sugar.

Apart from sugar, the world’s most extensively used sweetener is honey.

Indian subcontinent
Sugar has been produced in the Indian subcontinent since ancient times. The earliest mentions of the use of sugar are to be found in Indian literature dating back to 400 BC.

Sugar Jones is the name of a pop group formed during the first season of the Canadian edition of the TV reality Popstars.

In local Indian dialect, sugar crystals were called “khanda” (hence the origin of the word “candy”).

Ray Leonard is a very famous retired professional boxer from the US who chose the name of “Sugar” for his career in the ring. He was named Athlete of the Year in 1981 by Sport Illustrated and Fighter of the year by Ring Magazine in 1979 and in 1981.

Mary Poppins
A Spoonful Of Sugar is the well-known song from the Walt Disney film Mary Poppins. It was composed by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman.

Napoleon encouraged the production of sugar beet throughout the territory under his rule. He was extremely fond of it and had sensed its energy-giving properties.

Too much sugar in a child’s diet is one of the main causes of juvenile obesity.

Sugar pie is a typical sweet of West European countries such as France and Belgium, Quebec and the American Midwest states like Indiana, where this type of pie is known as cream pie, Hoosier sugar cream pie, Indiana cream pie, Indiana farm pie and even finger pie.

The Sugar Queen is a novel by the American author Sarah Addison Allen whose protagonist, Josey, is a girl who observes the world from behind a window of her room nibbling sweets.

At the end of the 18th century, a German chemist, Franz Karl Achard discovered the refining process which led to the establishment of the first industrial sugar-works in 1802.

Sucrose is the disaccharide commonly known as sugar which is extracted from sugar beet in European countries and from sugar cane in the rest of the world.

Tate & Lyle
Tate & Lyle was a British sugar refinery which, in a short space of time, became a multinational company. In 1976, two of its scientists invented the sweetener known as sucralose.

Kakira Sugar is a type of sugar which, ever since 1930, has been extracted from the sugar cane growing on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda.

Sugar Valley is located in Clinton County, in Pennsylvania. It owes its name to the enormous quantity of maples on its land, from which maple syrup is extracted.

In January 2011 Michelle Obama convinced the American food chain Walmart to promote healthier foods containing less sugar, in an attempt to curb obesity.

Also called wood sugar, Xylitol is an alditol of five carbon atoms used as a sugar substitute. It is extracted from birches, strawberries, raspberries, plums and even wheat.

Fermentation raising agents produce energy by converting sugar into carbon dioxide and ethanol.

Adelmo Fornaciari is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician of international fame who has chosen Zucchero (sugar) as his stage name. In 2004 he performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

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