Mexico passed a law that requires food packages to display large black octagonal "warnings" if the product is high in sugar, sodium, calories, or unhealthy fats. mexiconewsdaily.com/news/…
Popcorn, being relatively inexpensive, became popular during the Great Depression. It became a source of income for many struggling farmers, including the Redenbacher family. In fact, when sugar was rationed during WWII, Americans ate three times as much popcorn as they had before. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Doctors used to prescribe β€˜Obecalp,’ a sugar pill that is literally β€˜placebo’ spelled backwards, for various illnesses such as psychosomatic disorders and chronic ailments. blogs.webmd.com/from-our-…
When you eat fruit with its inherent fiber (aka eating the whole fruit) up to 30% of the sugar will be eaten by the microbes in your gut before it can be absorbed. sugarscience.ucsf.edu/sug…
The artificial sweetener Splenda was discovered accidentally when a lab assistant was asked to β€œtest” a new compound of sucrose and chlorine, and misheard the request it as β€œtaste”. He discovered that it had a sweet taste and it was then developed as a sugar substitute saveur.com/artificial-swe…
Citric acid, one of the most common food additives (sodas, ice cream, processed sweets, cider, baby food) is usually not made from lemons, but by feeding sugar to black mould through an industrial process. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cit…
Today I learned about Chocolate Blooms. When your chocolate is covered in white/grey powder, it means it has either had a Sugar Bloom or Fat Bloom. And it's still safe to eat! But means the chocolate has been stored incorrectly. mypanier.com/blogs/food-t…
Baskin Robbins used to have a milkshake that contained 2600 calories, 1700mg of sodium, 135g of fat, and 263g of sugar. Unsurprisingly, Men’s Health Magazine dubbed it the worst food in the U.S. riverfronttimes.com/foodb…
Sugar can be dangerously explosive. In 2008, 14 people died and 40 were injured when sugar dust combusted at Imperial Sugar's refinery in Georgia. A U.S. Chemical Safety Board report found the explosion was entirely preventable. The sugar industry has been aware of explosion risks since 1926. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/200…
The Red Hot Chili Peppers had signed a deal with Sony to record "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" but were phoned,congratulated and encouraged by Mo Ostin the CEO of Warner so they re-negotiated and recorded with Warner. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blo…
Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the French empire. Before the Haitian revolution, Haiti produced around 40% of sugar and 60% of coffee imported to Europe. slaveryandremembrance.org…
Songwriter Robert Sherman was struggling to write a catchy song for Julie Andrews to sing in Mary Poppins. When Robert's son received the polio inoculation, and he discovered the medicine was put on a sugar cube, he was inspired to write "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
M&Ms were inspired by soldiers' rations during the Spanish Civil War. Forrest Mars Sr. of the Mars Company observed British volunteers eating chocolate beads encased in a hard sugar shell (Smarties), which prevented melting. By WWII M&Ms were produced & sold exclusively to the military. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%2…
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
The average individual in 1700 consumed 4 pounds of sugar annually. By 2009, 50% of Americans were consuming at least 180 pounds of sugar annually. wholevegan.com/refined_su…
Robert Burns begged a local printing house to publish his collection of poems so he didn't need to sail to Jamaica and become a bookkeeper for the slaves on a sugar plantation scotsman.com/arts-and-cul…
The mirrored version of the sugar molecule tastes exactly the same, but isn't metabolised. It seems like the perfect sweetener, however it's too expensive to make. diabetes.co.uk/blog/2015/…
The FDA allows food manufacturers to include up to 20% more calories, sugars, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium than they declare in the Nutrition Facts on the label. fda.gov/regulatory-inform…
Egyptian pharaohs were often fat. They had high-sugar diets that were rich in bread, honey, beer, and wine. Examinations of various royal mummies show that many suffered from obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Hatshepsut, Egypt's most famous woman pharaoh, was obese and had tooth decay. drmcdougall.com/misc/2011…
Pound Cake gets its name because of how it was made in the 1700s. Originally, the recipe called for one pound each of flour, sugar, butter, and eggs. ourstate.com/true-pound-c…
Flying Squirrels are more closely related to humans than they are to Sugar Gliders scienceworld.ca/stories/p…
Canada is making numerous changes to its food labeling laws. Among other changes, companies must list the daily value of sugar on their nutrition labels, and also must group sugar-based ingredients together in ingredient lists canada.ca/en/health-canad…
The fattiest pastry in all of Europe is a French cake called Kouign-amann that is 30% butter and 30% sugar en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kou…
If we lost all the empty space inside our atoms (between nucleus and electrons), we would each be able to fit into a particle of dust, and the entire human race would fit into the volume of a sugar cube. businessinsider.in/scienc…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Henry Bessemer, the engineer largely credited with the invention of modern steel, also invented or contributed to embossed postage stamps, long sheets of plate glass, military weapons, and a method for extracting sugar from sugar cane. He eventually earned nearly 130 patents en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
Parts of Portugal make a Christmas dessert that looks like a Lamprey from egg yolks and sugar. atlasobscura.com/foods/la…
When songwriter Robert Sherman was working on the leitmotif for Mary Poppins, his son Jeffrey received the polio vaccine. Robert asked him if it hurt, and Jeffrey said they put it on a sugar cube for him to eat. "A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down" was born soon afterward. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_S…
High fructose corn syrup is no more unhealthy than natural sugars. The quantity of sugar consumed plays a fair more significant role in health. sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flas…
The FDA has added a daily percentage to added sugars in foods and drink. For example, a single can of Coke contains 78% of your daily recommended sugar intake limit. fda.gov/food/new-nutritio…
The amount of sugar in soft drinks vary a lot from country to country: for example in Thailand a small bottle of Sprite contains 47 grams of sugar whereas in Austria it's just 19 actiononsugar.org/media/a…
The average man shouldn't have more than 36g of added sugar and the average woman shouldn't have more than 25g per day. To put that into perspective a can of soda has 40g of sugar in it. heart.org/en/healthy-livi…
Most flavored condoms use glycerin for the flavoring or taste. Sugar/glycerin can throw off the PH balance of a woman's vagina which drastically increases the chance for developing a yeast infection so flavored condoms are only for oral sex ripnroll.com/blogs/sexual…
Lactose free milk is just regular cow's milk with added lactase, an enzyme that breaks down lactose into simple sugars. This is why lactose free milk tastes sweeter than normal milk. healthline.com/nutrition/…
HMOs are a type of sugar found only in human breast milk. They are not digestible by the infant child. Instead the feed the 'good' intestinal bacteria, thereby increasing the health of the infant's intestinal microbiome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Scientists trained bumblebees to pull strings for food; they pulled strings to bring discs with sugar water out from under a plastic sheet. Over 60% of other bees watching behind a clear wall knew to pull the string when it was their turn. sciencemag.org/news/2016/…
Signs of bullimia nervosa are often spotted by dentists. Between 47 and 93% bulimia nervosa patients have signs of tooth erosion due repeated exposure to gastric acid and binge consumption of high-sugar foods. They may also display gum irritation and bleeding and sores on the angles of the lips. verywellmind.com/bulimia-…
Over the span of a decade, Harvard University owns some 854,000 hectacres of farmland all over the world. Its holdings include California vineyards, New Zealand dairy farms, and sugar cane plants in Brazil & South Africa bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Over 50% of sugar in the US comes from sugar beets, not cane sugar. cropwatch.unl.edu/history…
Today I learned about the Swedish Vipeholm experiments, where disabled people were experimented upon to find the reason for tooth decay. The experiments were sponsored both by the sugar industry and the dentist community, in an effort to determine whether carbohydrates affected the formation of cavities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vip…
People can develop a severe allergy to red (mammal) meat after being bitten by the "Lone Star" Tick, which is endemic to the southeastern US. The tick bite transfers a sugar molecule called "Alpha-gal" into the person, which triggers the allergy. mayoclinic.org/diseases-c…
The reason artificial sweeteners like sucralose taste horribly bitter to some people is a direct result of their genes. Said cause their taste receptors to develop in such a way that said sweeteners can bond to both sweet and bitter receptors. Sugar can only bind to sweet. news.psu.edu/story/284556…
New Coke, introduced in the 80's, was the formula for Diet Coke with real sugar instead of artificial sweetener. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
There is a correlation between toilet mold/rings and diabetes due to high blood sugar levels which causes the body to release glucose through the urinal stream, therefore giving more fuel for mold growth. moldblogger.com/diabetes-…
Sugar can twist light, and has been used in calibrating instruments that detect the rotation of light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Modern marshmallow contain sugar, gelatin and water, but none of the actual marshmallow plant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
A large milkshake at Burger King contains 199 gram sugar, more than 6 times the recommended daily intake. It contains 1240 calories, half of the recommended daily calorie intake burgerking.co.nz/pdfs/nut…
Sugar Cane accounts for more than one-fifth of global food production by volume. drovers.com/article/ranki…
If there's a drought/lack of flowers, beekeepers can make 'pollen patties' made of sugar and pollen to keep beehives alive. honeybeesuite.com/pollen-…

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