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Chances are, when you think of sugar, you think of white granules that make cake, cookies, and so many other foods taste delicious. In fact, there are several types of sugar that all come from different sources.

The most common variety is granulated or table sugar. The average person consumes about 53 pounds of sugar every year.

The word “sugar” comes from the arabic work “sukar.”

Sugar dates back to ancient times and has long been found in the Indian subcontinent and in Europe. In Europe, sugar was originally used only for medicinal purposes. Prior to the 5th century AD, sugar was only produced in the form of sugarcane juice. When the Indians turned sugarcane juice into a granulated form, it became much easier to transport sugar.

Sugar drove the colonization of tropical islands and also the enslavement of people from Africa as slaves were used for labor on sugar plantations.

Brown sugar is made when molasses is added to granulated sugar.

When is Sugar in season?


How to store Sugar?

Store brown sugar in an airtight container, we also recommend adding a few marshmallows to keep the brown sugar soft.

Store granulated sugar in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

What to make with leftover Sugar?

Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 4 tablespoons oil (of your choice). Use as a body scrub.

Sugar can help your fresh cut flowers last longer. Add 3 spoonfuls of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to a vase filled with water.

Food Science

Sugars burn very easily if they are near an open flame.

The naturally occurring sugar in milk is called lactose. People who are lactose intolerant are not able to digest lactose because their body doesn’t make enough lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose.

Cooking tips for Sugar

Combine 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, and 1 cup granulated sugar. Mix well and spoon onto baking sheet. Cook for 6 - 8 minutes in a 350F oven. Enjoy!

Sugar is commonly found in pancakes, cookies, cakes, breads, brownies, and other sweets.

Add a bit of sugar to whipped cream and serve with fresh berries for a delicious summer dessert.

What are the health benefits of Sugar?

Sugar may taste delicious but has few health benefits. Consume in limited amounts.

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