Sugar, Sweet Sugar
Health experts proclaim the average American eats about 156 pounds of sugar a year – at least double what health experts recommend.
Did you know…
- A 20-ounce bottle of regular Coke contains the equivalent of 17 teaspoons?
- Can you imagine going to your bowl or canister and eating 17 teaspoons at one sitting?
- Do you check the content on food and nutrition labels?
To convert the grams listed on the food label into teaspoons, simply divide the grams of sugar by 4.2 to get the number of teaspoons.
For example, an 8-ounce container of fat free fruit yogurt has 43.1 grams, or 10.3 teaspoons. (43.1 divided by 4.2 equals 10.3).
The USDA recommends that the average person eat no more than 10 teaspoons per day.
But sugar isn’t all bad! We simply cannot leave out its good points.
- In small amounts, it helps yeast begin producing gas for raising yeast dough.
- It tenderizes dough’s and batters for baked goods.
- It helps brown baked goods.
- It makes the crumb of baked goods moist.
- It aids in the structure of cakes.
- It is the white sugar in cookie dough that helps spreading to occur during baking.
The “sweet stuff” is such an integral part of our lives that to cut it out would be to remove much of the pleasure of eating. But, it does not have to be that way. Check out “Reduce Sugar, Not Flavor” on our sister site for information on reducing sugar intake, without reducing the sweet pleasure to your palate.
A Bit of History
In 1807, brothers William and Frederick Havemeyer immigrated to the United States from England to start a cane sugar refinery in lower Manhattan.
Five generations of Havemeyers supervised the company’s growth and expansion throughout the nineteenth century, adopting the most progressive methods in the industry.
In 1809, Henry Havemeyer organized the American Sugar Refining Company, which produced nearly all of the sugar in the United States at that time. The company, renamed Amstar Corporation, eventually became Tate and Lyle North American Sugars, Inc., which today owns the Domino brand.
Did you know?
During World War II, GIs called a letter from one’s sweetheart a “sugar report“.
Brown sugar won’t harden if you store it in the freezer.