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A WORD IN THE HAND: SUGAR

You’ll never be my grittypie, but a roly-poly’s on the money, honey

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As annoying optimists keep pointing out, not everything about lockdown has been bad. The sugar trade is one of the few sectors that has benefited.

For the first time in my life I understand what a sweet tooth is. This might be because sugar has taken the place of other vices currently not available, but I’m not going to go into any detail on that.

In an attempt to wean myself off this new bad habit (licking the crumbs out of an empty rusk packet is just wrong), I watched the anti-sugar film by documentary maker Damon Gameau. It is called That Sugar Film, and in between horrific scenes of children’s rotten teeth being pulled out it features syrupy advice by the director, who talks of how we have romanticised sugar. He’s not wrong. Sugar has long been employed as a treat, a bribe, a reward and a comfort in sorrow...

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