interesting sugar facts

November 19, 2009 | In: Food facts

The word sugar originates from the Sanskirt word Sharkara which means sugar or pebble.

Sugar is one of the oldest cooking ingredients, dating back to 326 BC.

The average American consumes 175 pounds of sugar per year. That is 300,000 calories per year, 800 calories per day. In Canada, a person eats on average 46 kilos of sugar a year.

Sugar comes from two sources: sugar cane (grass) that grows in stalks in sugar
cane fields and beets (root) that grow underground.

Sugar is used to slow down the setting of cement.

Sure’ and ‘Sugar’ are the only two words in the English language that are spelt ‘su’ and pronounced ‘sh’. … ‘.

Sugar has 4 kcalories of energy in every gram – about 20 kcalories in a teaspoon of sugar.

Sugar is an important source of carbohydrate—the body’s main energy supply.

When refined, sugar has no more fiber, vitamins or minerals. It contains neither proteins or lipids.

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