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Sugar is one of the world’s oldest ingredients. The people of New Guinea were likely the first to cultivate sugarcane around 8,000 BCE. Today, sugar is one of the biggest health problems we face globally, and many countries are considering implementing taxes on products with high sugar content. Until then, let’s enjoy some important facts about sugar in its entirety.

Sugar can alleviate the effects of spicy food…

If you eat a teaspoon of sugar after consuming spicy food, it will completely neutralize the burning sensation in your mouth – almost entirely. [source]

The big sugar problem in the United States…

70% of the milk served in American schools contains an average of four teaspoons of added sugar per serving. That’s about half the amount of sugar in a 12-ounce Coca-Cola drink. [source]

“Sugar high” in children is nothing but a myth…

The so-called “sugar high” or hyperactivity in children resulting from high sugar intake is actually just a myth. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association collected results from 23 studies conducted since 1984 and used statistical methods to detect any links that the smaller, individual studies may have missed. Despite tests measuring academic performance to motor skills, observations of mood to aggressive behavior, and investigations ranging from neuropsychological to cooperative learning, the researchers concluded that sugar did not affect behavior or cognitive performance in the 560 children studied. [source]

Chewing gum was originally sugar-free…

Sugar was first added to chewing gum in 1869. Ironically, it was a dentist named William Semple who made this decision. Dentists seem to have had a lot to do with sugar – because it was also a dentist who invented cotton candy[source]

Granulated sugar can help with infected wounds…

The use of granulated sugar for treating infected wounds has proven to be a practical and proven method. Sugar has been called a nonspecific universal antimicrobial agent. [source]

We cultivate the most of this crop…

Sugar is the most cultivated crop in the world. In 2010, 1.69 billion tons were produced on 23.8 million hectares of land in approximately 90 countries. [source]

Criticism and cancer-causing sweeteners are widely used in Europe…

Sodium cyclamate (in the picture below), an artificial sweetener that is 30-50 times sweeter than regular sugar, was banned by the U.S. FDA in October 1969 due to claims that it could cause cancer. However, it was approved for use in the UK the same month and is still used today. [source]

It was sold as “large stones” in the past…

Before the 20th century, sugar was often sold as a single large stone, and special tools were required to break off pieces for cooking and other purposes[source]

How to metabolize sugar faster…

Eating an apple before a meal can result in wanting/eating fewer calories during the meal. And adding cinnamon to a meal helps metabolize sugar faster. [source]

Move over, sodium cyclamate…

If you think sodium cyclamate is sweet, which as mentioned earlier is 30-50 times sweeter than regular sugar, it’s nothing compared to a synthetic and now approved artificial sweetener. It goes by the name Neotame and is up to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar. [source]

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