25 Strange Facts About Sugar In The Modern World

The First Sugar

The First Sugar

It's thought that the first people to make sugar did so in New Guinea, some time around 8000BC.

It Wasn't Cheap

It Wasn't Cheap

Back in the 16th Century, just one teaspoon of sugar would cost you the equivalent of around five dollars.

Sharkara

Sharkara

The word we use for "sugar" is a derivative of the Sanskrit word "sharkara" which translates as "material in granule form".

Born Sweet

Born Sweet

The sweet taste of sugar is the only taste which a human baby craves upon being born. The rest are picked up as we go.

The Tallest Cube

The Tallest Cube

The tallest sugar cube ever measured was in France in 2013, where Camille Courgeon built one measuring 6 feet and 3 inches tall. It took just under three hours to construct. We still have no idea why though...

Fitting 5 Days In To A Single Can

Fitting 5 Days In To A Single Can

Research statistics show that in the early-to-mid-1800s, the average American consumed the same amount of sugar as you'd find in an average soda can, over five whole days of eating and drinking.

Spoonfuls Of Sugar

Spoonfuls Of Sugar

In every table spoon of Heinz ketchup, hides one teaspoon of sugar.

All The Extra Calories

All The Extra Calories

We're not just picking on the States here. Across the globe, the average person gets an extra 500 calories beyond what they need, from sugar. Something tells me that countries like Australia, the States, and co. are bumping up the average here...

That's A Fact!

That's A Fact!

There is a proven relationship between sugar consumption and risk of heart disease. Guess what... It's bad news for sugar lovers.

Chris Did It

Chris Did It

Christopher Columbus brought sugar to the New World on his second voyages, back in 1493.

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth

Studies have shown that someone's fondness for sugar may have a fair bit to do with genetics. That information still doesn't help anybody with the negative side-effects of sugar though.

Sugar and Alcohol

Sugar and Alcohol

Like alcohol, excess sugar consumption has been proven to negatively affect the liver.

Sugar and Aging

Sugar and Aging

In 2009, a study was performed which deduced that sugar consumption accelerated the effects of aging in the human body.

Hidden Sugar

Hidden Sugar

Have you ever heard that dreaded term, "hidden sugar"? It seems almost unfair, right? Sugar is in a whole bunch of thing you might not have expected it to be in; tonic water, marinades, crackers, bread, fat-free dressing, and among them.

Death By Sugar

Death By Sugar

The number of deaths each year that can be attributed to sugar number almost 200,000.

That Is Cruel

That Is Cruel

Foods that are rich in protein, fats, and fiber, leave you feeling full whereas foods with a bunch of sugar do not. That might mean you eat more food than you would with a better diet. That makes sugar doubly bad for you!

Sour and Sugary

Sour and Sugary

There is more sugar in lemons than in strawberries.

Having Sugar Problems

Having Sugar Problems

Here's a little list of things either caused or exacerbated by sugar;

Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, acne, heart disease, depression, yeast infections, and cancer.

That's A Little Worrying...

That's A Little Worrying...

The researchers who came up with sucralose (what we might know as Splenda) were actually trying to make an insecticide.

Lugduname

Lugduname

Do you know why people say things like "You're as sweet as sugar"?

It's because saying "you're as sweet as lugduname" doesn't have the same ring to it. Probably.

Lugduname is said to be about 20 thousand times sweeter than sugar.

Our Daily Dose

Our Daily Dose

Scientists and other experts often point out that, given sugar is in a lot of naturally occurring things, it's not sugar itself that it really the problem. Rather, it's refined sugar and the doses in which we consume it. Needless to say, those doses are far too high.

Soft Drinks

Soft Drinks

In the Western world, soft drinks are responsible for most of the excess sugar in the average diet. I think we knew that already, right?

Avoid Soda Cans!

Avoid Soda Cans!

According to the World Health Organization, we really should be consuming less sugar than you would find in one can of soda thought the whole day.

If that sentence was confusing, the sugar in one can of Coke already puts you above the daily limit for what is considered healthy.

3 Per Week

3 Per Week

The average American consumes abut three pounds of sugar each and every week. Yep, that's too much.

The Most Important Meal Of The Day

The Most Important Meal Of The Day

Most breakfast cereals contain too much sugar. Even many of the cereals we consider healthy have excess sugar in them. The tragedy of this is that, even from the very beginning of the day, we're behind the 8-ball when it comes to keeping our sugar intake in check.

It really days pay to do your research. Likewise, it takes a bit of effort and restraint to avoid getting too much sugar in your diet.