People do not often stop to think about why the world is how it is today and when people do, they

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People do not often stop to think about why the world is how it is today and when people do, they tend to think about war, victory, defeat, and even their heritage, however many of them neglect to think about daily necessities that have influenced the outcomes of many different empires. One major impact on the rise and fall of multiple domains that is often overlooked is food, and in particular, sugar. Sugar has affected economies, the way of life, and industry all over the world. Sidney Mintz, author of Sweetness and Power, stops to discuss how sugar has been a basic building block that has developed and transformed Europe and America and how the world has changed the production and consumption of sugar from a luxury into a staple of…show more content…
There are many unique and new uses for sugar at this point in time, but how and why are people coming up with these new uses if sugar is more or less a delicacy? Although, at first it was only attainted by the rich it did not take long for sugar to take off and reach the hands of the poor and alter life all over the world. “Sugar was land consuming, labor intensive, costly to extract, store, and ship (Mintz, 21).” However, sugar does not spoil and this starts off the commercial exchange. The demand for sugar grew steadily and more westerners started to consume it and started to consume it more heavily. English plantations started to make the price of sugar more affordable, which created an even bigger demand that brought about the middle and poor class to upper class consumption habits. There was a fivefold increase in the consumption of sugar and is the most important nutritional change of the British. “In this perspective, sugar was the ideal substance. It served to make a busy life seem less so; in the pause that refreshes, it eased, or seemed to ease, the changes back and forth from work to rest; it provided swifter sensations of fullness or satisfaction than complex carbohydrates did; it combined easily with many other food, in some of which it was also used. And as we have seen, it was symbolically powerful, for its use could be endowed with

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