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In our everyday lives we use sugar in a variety of forms. The most
common is granulated sugar. This is used by many people to sweeten
hot drinks and breakfast cereals. Sugar can also be bought in
cubes, which are made by pressing wet sugar into moulds before
drying. Icing sugar, used for coating cakes and pastries is made by
grinding the sugar crystals into a fine powder.
Other sugars include caster sugar (finer than granulated and used
for baking), preserving sugar (coarser than granulated and used for
jams and jellies), and brown sugar (for color and flavor).
Sugar in foods
Sugar is added to many foods for flavor, texture, colour and
safety. By reading the ingredients panel on food packaging labels
you will see how many ordinary foods contain sugars. Remember
glucose, fructose, sucrose, and lactose (milk sugar) are all
sugars. Other terms for sugars include dextrose, invert sugar and
maltose. Sugar is not just a sweetener; it can be used in a number
of different ways:
- As a preservative: at the right concentration sugar helps to
stop microorganisms growing and so prevents food spoilage.
For example, as in jams and other preserves. This is why
reduced sugar jams spoil much more quickly than traditional
- It helps to produce subtle changes in flavor. Sugar offsets the
acidity and sour flavour in many foods such as mayonnaise, tomato
products and tart fruits like gooseberries and grapefruit.
- As a bulking agent: sugar gives the characteristic texture to a
variety of foods - including jams, ice cream and cakes.
- To raise the boiling point or lower the freezing point.
This is essential in some recipes, for example making ice
- To speed up the process of fermentation (by yeast) in baking.
This makes the dough rise, for example, bread and
- It makes cakes light and open-textured when it is beaten with
butter or eggs in a recipe.
Other uses of sugar
- Sugars are also used to help in healing of some types of
- They are used by chemical manufactures to grow penicillin.
- Can be added to concrete to aid the setting process.
- Absorb moisture and therefore keep biscuits crunchy.
- Help flowers stay fresher for longer when added to their
- Form the glass used in film stunts.