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Ahhh, Sugar, Sugar

On today's date 38 years ago, the song "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies was the Number 1 hit in America. This being the Sugar Network, I thought it would be appropriate to provide you with a few fun facts about, yep you guessed it, sugar!

  • Some people believe that dry swallowing 1 teaspoon of sugar can cure the hiccups.
  • Sugar is 100% natural with no fat.
  • Sugar is one of the oldest cooking ingredients, dating back to 326 BC.
  • Sugar cane was introduced to the New World in 1493 by Christopher Columbus.
  • In 2001, scientists discovered sugar in outer space.
  • Sugar is the only taste that humans are born craving.
  • Before 1899, sugar was crudely sold from barrels. The sugar industry was revolutionized when it was first packed in cartons.
  • Sugar has many uses outside of the kitchen: it's one of the most important components of medicine, it's used to slow down the setting of cement, it plays a role in leather tanning and paper dying, and prolongs the life of fresh cut flowers.

Got a fun fact about sugar that I forgot to mention? Please share it with us below!

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minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
The development of the sugar trade solidified European dominance over Africa, Asia, and the New World, and while 12 million slaves were brought to the Caribbean alone, nearly 8 million died in transit or sales - the mortality rate for those who survived was 30%, with an average life span of 6-7 years AFTER they entered servitude. Just a little history... mind you, I'm as addicted to sugar as the rest of us, but isn't it funny how sobering even the history of sweet things is? Makes me guilty that I didn't know this earlier in life.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
not ALL white sugar uses bone char in the refining process, beet sugar, for instance, which is most common in Canada, is vegetarian - well, vegan. i mean how could sugar not be vegetarian? vegetarians don't eat meat. anyway, yeah - totally, some sugar has bone char in it. one needs to check specifically with the brand though, as it not consistent throughout all sugar being produced.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
We're born craving sugar?! Seriously??! And we spend the rest of our lives on a diet - we never really have a chance do we? ;)
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
Very cool facts, yum, thanks!
misslarue misslarue 9 years
The hiccup thing has worked for me a few times.
ecodork ecodork 9 years
Another interesting fact I just learned: apparently white, refined sugar is not necessarily vegetarian because it is evidently processed through a charcoal filter that can be derived from animal bones.
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Naughty Party! I know these aren't strictly "your" tips but that one about Sugar being fat-free is so misleading. I think that a lot of women see "fat free" on a product, and then don't check the sugar content. The scientific truth is that sugar is used in your body, and any excess sugar (that would be MOST of it) is converted to fat and stored in your body!
Community-Manager Community-Manager 9 years
WOW, Sugar in outerspace, that is crazy! My mom used to give me a teaspoon of sugar when I would burn my tongue as a kid. It worked as a kid but perhaps distracted me from my pain. :)
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Sugar in outerspace? "The truth is out there!"
sophlb sophlb 9 years
I'd always heard it was the other way, that we're NOT born craving sugar. I like this answer better though. I'm going with it.
Brians-Girl Brians-Girl 9 years
wow were born craving sugar.. thats crazy!!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Interesting facts Yum. I know my doctor told me, giving sugar to my children was okay, as its a natural thing. He said what you need to avoid is the refined sugars, and definately don't give children artificial sweeteners. :)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
humans are born craving sugar? interesting.... i like that archies song. so catchy
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