Sugar is an inexpensive, natural sweetener and a nutritive carbohydrate. Its sweetness profile is generally not matched by other carbohydrates or artificial sweeteners, and is stable over time.
Sugar has many other useful properties:
- high concentrations of sugar may act as a preservative (by osmotic effect) against most micro-organisms; low concentrations of sugar can be a flavour enhancer
- sugar performs as an anti-oxidant
- sugar modifies boiling and freezing points of mixtures and solutions
- sugar has humectant properties (retention of water)
- sugar is important as a fermentable in breads, and brewed beverages
- sugar contributes 'body' and 'mouth feel' to all sweetened beverages
Sugar is an established ingredient in food and beverage preparation because of its unique versatility and its compatibility with normal processing requirements such as cooking, freezing, dissolving and blending.
Sugar is also used for its chemical properties in some non food applications.
Everyone wants to live a happy and fulfilling life. In this day and age, the pace has picked up and we often find we are cramming more into less and less time. Maintaining a healthy mind, body and soul is paramount to keeping on top of things.
Two key words come to mind when we talk about health - balance and moderation.
Balance - of work and play, activity and rest
Moderation - giving and receiving just enough to keep the balance
Everything we do is about choice. The information found within the Sugar & Your Health pages and fact sheets will help you to make the best choices for you to achieve your goals.