Sugar has had a bum rap ever
since it was made an accomplice to a host of diseases (e.g. diabetes, high blood
pressure etc.). The fact , however, everything taken in excess will surely
compromise one’s health. Certainly, sugar’s effects to the human body ---
whether white, brown or muscovado --- is up for review. Here are a few facts ---
some non-culinary at all --- that could sweeten the deal.
spoonful of sugar added to a vase of flowers can prolong the life of
freshly-cut blooms. Must be the sweet stuff? You bet.
is multi-faceted. A single sugar crystal when viewed under the microscope
will reveal 14 facets, thus enabling it to glitter at times like a diamond.
pinch of sugar on the tongue is a tradition remedy for hiccups. Try it!
in the 19th and early 20th century use sugar to starch
mouth hot after eating curry or other spicy foods? Eat a spoonful of sugar
and swill it around and the “spicy hotness” will disappear.
is great for the DPWH’s road repair program as it helps asphalt to harden.
would antibiotics be like without sugar? Well, they wouldn’t exist.
Chemical manufacturers use sugar to grow penicillin.
sugar is good for public works and the pharmaceuticals industries, it’s
equally good for the leather and printing industries as well. Sugar is used
in leather tanning and is an ingredient in printer’s inks and dyes.
Combined with water, sugar becomes syrup. Here are a few sweet factoids about
Simple syrup is just sugar and water, cooked together until slightly
thickened. It is used to glaze certain types of sweet breads and is even used to
Crystals forming in a syrup is the bane of all cooks. This means that the
sugar wasn’t completely dissolved before the mixture came to a boil. How to
correct this? Simply remove the crystals very carefully. Otherwise, put a little
corn syrup to help prevent crystallizing. Nonetheless, some cooks swear to a
drop or two of lemon juice.
No, this is not a term used by Spiderman, this actually refers to syrup
cooked to a point wherein when the syrup is dripped from the tip of a spoon, the
syrup will create long gossamer threads similar to the threads of a cobweb.
Sugar comes in all forms and types. Here are several:
This is equivalent to fine granulated sugar similar to superfine sugar.
This sugar is also known as confectioner’s sugar. In England, however
it is also called icing sugar.
This is an extremely fine, granulated sugar that dissolves almost
instantly. It is used by some cooks for making sponge cakes and can also be used
for sweetening whipped cream.
Some health food advocates swear to the properties of this sugar which is simply
a kind of brown , unrefined sugar. In some provinces in the Visayas (Bohol and
Cebu), this sugar is sold like refined sugar with superfine granules and sugar
lumps included in the bargain.