1. Sugar is the only taste humans are born craving. In fact it is strongly addictive, releasing an opiate-like substance that activates the brain’s reward system.
2. Sugar was one of the first pharmaceutical ingredients used, as still is today, to mask the bitter taste of medicines.
3. Sugar hides in many everyday "non-sugar" foods. While many people strive to avoid the "normal" sugary culprits (candy, cookies, cake, etc.), they often are duped when they discover some of their favorite foods also contain lots of sugar. Examples include tomato sauce, French fries, hot-dogs, hamburgers, peanut butter, salad dressings, tonic water, marinates, crackers and even bread.
4. Fruits are high in sugar. However, the best way to consume fruits without affecting your insulin level is to drop the peeler. consuming them in whole form, with skin on. According to this researches, this way of eating fruits can be quite good also against cancer.
5. Sugar has many other uses outside of the kitchen: it's used to harden cement, slowing the setting of ready-mixed concrete and glue.it plays also a role in leather tanning, paper dying and printers’ ink production. And, last but not least, it prolongs the life of fresh cut flowers.
7. Can you imagine eating 16 sugar cubes at one sitting? You probably have even if you don’t remember that. That’s a little less than what is contained in a 20-ounce bottle of cola.
9. The artificial sweeteners saccharin and aspartame were found accidentally when lab workers doing research that had nothing to do with sweetening put a bit of the test compounds in their mouths and liked what they tasted.
10. Sugar can be used to explore skies. Burn sucrose with a dose of corn syrup and saltpeter and you get “sugar propellant”, a popular amateur rocket fuel.
11. More than half the 8.4 million metric tons of sugar produced annually in the United States comes from beets.
12. Glycolaldehyde, an eight-atom sugar, has even been found in an interstellar gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way. Glycolaldehyde can react with a three-carbon sugar to form ribose, the basis for both RNA and DNA, so the glycolaldehyde found in deep space may be a chemical precursor to life on Earth. That cloud also contains ethylene glycol, a sweet relative of glycolaldehyde and the main ingredient in antifreeze. So complex sugars can be synthesized between the stars.