What is sugar made from?

Irina Kiparenko
Irina Kiparenko
October 8, 2014
What is sugar made from?

Nowadays there are two types of raw materials from which sugar is produced - it is sugar beet and sugar cane. Beetroot is the most convenient and common raw material for making sugar. As it deteriorates rapidly, sugar factories are located next to the fields.

Sugar cane is made in tropical areas. This separation is due to climatic and territorial factors. From the article What is sugar, you can learn more about this substance and its features.

What are white sugar made of?

Of all the types of sugar, the most famous and widely used is white or refined sugar, which is made from beets, or rather from its rhizome, because it contains a large amount of sucrose. The emergence of sugar in Europe occurred in the early 19th century, when the British in the war with the French completely cut off their supply of sugar, which was then made from cane. It was available only for wealthy people.

Then, in France, they promised to give a bonus to someone who would find another way to get sugar, that is, from beets. In Russia, the first sugar factory was built in 1802 in the Tula province. By the end of the 19th century, Russia not only produced sugar for itself, but also exported it.

What are brown sugar made of?

Far from the first year we see brown sugar on the shelves. The price of this product is markedly different from white sugar. Then what is brown sugar made of? And produce such sugar from sugar cane, which grows in India. Cane sugar was first brought to Europe from the Demerara region of British Guiana in the middle of the 16th century and very quickly became a symbol of wealth and luxury.

What is sugar

Cane sugar is really healthier than white because of molasses, which contains potassium, calcium, sodium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, organic acids and biologically active substances. It has more vitamin B. However, the caloric content of brown sugar coincides with the caloric content of white - 377 kcal.

In addition, brown sugar tastes like caramel, and its color depends on the presence of molasses in it.If the molasses are many, the sugar will be dark brown and more fragrant. Europeans prefer to add brown sugar to tea or coffee. Brown sugar is popular when baking sweets and making cocktails.

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