21st May 1936. Sweet as Sugar.

Today in 1936 The Sugar Industry (Reorganisation) Act created British Sugar, 36 % of which was owned by Government. It had 13 factories.(1)

Silver Spoon the British sugar.

Silver Spoon the British sugar.

In the days of Empire we acquired our sugar from cane, but with war came shortages and in 1915 the British Sugar Beet Society was formed to obtain government subsidies which helped develop our native sugar production in the 1920s.

However in the late 20thc over-sugar consumption fostered much publicity that too much might be having an injurious affect on our health, resulting in obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, which prevents the pancreas from producing enough insulin, or the body using it effectively.

Diabetics in effect, can’t get glucose from the blood into their cells. Insulin normally, is the key which unlocks the cells, so if there is not enough insulin, the cells are only partially unlocked or not at all, and glucose builds up in the blood.

This sugar can’t be converted into energy by the mitochondria in the cells and there is a need to excrete it, as it can’t be stored or burnt off, via the kidneys. The sugar Fructose goes to the liver where it is stored as fat. The body thus deals with different sugars in different ways.

Insulin is naturally produced when we eat, with the stomach sending a message to the brain that food is present, which turn sends a message to the neuro-transmitter, super-highway, the spinal cord, to the pancreas warning that insulin is required to deal with the sugar when food is digested and transported to the blood.

Body fat is being used for metabolism so anyone on a high protein diet loses weight, but sugar through glucose is the primary fuel used by the body for energy.

So keep eating sugar in all its manifestations, though be wary if you are diabetic, as one of the pleasures of life: moderation in all things. Enjoy!

By 1991 British Sugar was owned by Associated British Foods.

(1) On June 12th 1936 The British Sugar Corporation was registered. In 1956 the Sugar Act replaced the 1936 Act. In 1963 The British Sugar Bureau founded.

(2) Metformin is now becoming one of the world’s most prescribed drugs which helps to control blood sugar.


Not all calories are equal in the way the body uses them, neither are all monosaccharides, the simplest of the carbohydrates which consist of glucose (dextrose), fructose, galactose and ribose sugars, which are the building blocks of all carbohydrates.

Glucose and fructose build into sucrose a disaccharide.

Sucrose, or table sugar, is made up of equal molecules of the monosaccharide fructose, and sucrose, which are not metabolized in the same way.

Also fructose is metabolized differently from, for example, flour, another carbohydrate.

Ref: healthyeating/sf.gate.

Ref: Source NFU Sugar.

Ref: telegraph.co.uk/foof/drinl/healthy-eating.

Ref: Pic from Google Images.

Ref: wikipedia.org/sugars.


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About colindunkerley

My name is Colin Dunkerley who having spent two years in the Royal Army Pay Corps ploughed many a barren industrial furrow until drawn to the 'chalk-face' as a teacher, now retired. I have spent the last 15 years researching all aspects of life in Britain since Roman times.

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