How Sugar is Used?
Besides being used as a sweetener, sugar can also be use to preserve food, in medicine, and trade.
Sugar is use in jams and jellies to preserve them, and in ice cream, since sugar lower the temperature at which food is freeze.
As for sugar used in medicines, it features in both folk and traditional systems of medicine in South Asia.
In traditional systems of medicine, it has been used to treat from coughs to constipation.
The roots and stems of sugar cane are used in Ayurvedic medicine.
They treat skin and urinary tract infections, as well as for bronchitis, heart conditions, loss of milk production, cough, anemia, constipation as well as general debility.
They also lower blood pressure. As for folk medicines, it's used to cure hiccups. To do this, you must mix fresh stem juice, from sugar cane, with dry ginger.
Also, eating sugar cane, either as juice or as raw cane, can lead to tooth decay, but some compounds in the juice may protect teeth from the worst effects of sugar.