How Much Do You Know About…Sugar? 

Sugar has been around for thousands of years, but what used to be considered a “condiment” is now looked at as a more of a “staple”. Let’s test your knowledge of sugar in all its forms and appearances…

1. Sugar cane was first domesticated around 8,000 B.C.E in what area? 

A. New Guinea.
B. Jamaica.
C. Haiti.

2.  The sugar from sugar cane and from beets are…

A. Similar.
B. Identical.
C. Different.

3. Sugar can be found nowadays in:

A. Bread.
B. Chips.
C. Ketchup.
D. Processed foods.

4. True or False – Sugar causes tooth decay.

A. True
B. False.

5. Eating  sugar can:

A. Affect memory.
B. Cause wrinkles.
C. Be addictive.
D. Cause heart damage.

6. Sugar is also used as: 

A. As rocket fuel.
B. In insulation.
C. In sanding materials.

7. Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered by a research assistant in what field?

A. Medical.
B. Pest Control.
C. Oil & Gas.

8. What animals do not have a sweet tooth?

A. Dogs.
B. Horses. 
C. Cats.

Answers

1.  A. Sugar cane was first domesticated around 8,000 B.C.E in New Guinea.  

2. B. The sugar from sugar cane and from beets are identical.  

3. A, B, C, D. All of the above.  In addition, fancy coffee drinks, bagels, cheese crackers, movie theater popcorn, and more.

4. B. False. Sugar does not cause tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by acid-producing bacteria in the mouth that consume carbohydrates.  

5. A, B, C, D. All of the above. Sugar causes hormonal changes which damages collagen and elastin fibers. It can cause cancer because high sugar consumption causes higher insulin production known to be linked to an increased risk of cancer.  It increases the likelihood of Alzheimer’s, makes you depressed, causes stress on your adrenal glands, adds fat to your organs, and more.

6. A. Sugar is also used as rocket fuel.  Rocket Candy, or R-Candy, is a type of rocket propellant for model rockets made with sugar as a fuel. 

7. B. Sucralose (Splenda) was discovered by a research assistant in pest control in 1975.  The chemist, S. Phadnis at Queen Elizabeth College in London, was testing a new powder made from toxic sulfuryl chloride mixed with sugar for use as an insecticide. He tasted it, and it was very sweet, Over the following year, he and a colleague worked with a British sugar company to create sucralose, later marketed as Splenda.

8. C. Cats do not have a sweet tooth. 

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