Survival Food: 5 Merits of Sugar in an Emergency


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As everybody knows sugar is not your best friend when you’re trying to cut down those calories from your diet but who had thought that consuming sugar could turn out to be a boon in some cases. Though doctors and nutritionists warn us of excess of sugar consumption, consuming the necessary amounts have no ill effects on an individual’s health. In fact, sugar serves as the perfect substance that can rescue you from several medical emergencies.

However its uses are not restricted to such purposes. Here are some of the uses of sugar in situations of emergency.


Any individual who has been eating less than normal and doing more physical activity than usual can be a victim of hypoglycemia, which means the glucose content in the blood has decreased or to simplify it further, the sugar level has gone down in their body. This happens much often in the case of a diabetic. It can be recognized by symptoms such as sudden feeling of dizziness, hunger, lightheadedness, shaking or sweating. In such a condition, an individual should consume little amount of sugar. Sugar balances the amount of glucose requirement of the body and the individual gets instant relief.

Instant Source Of Energy:

Anytime the body is feeling low on energy, consuming sugar can instantly pump in some energy. Since sugar contains fructose and glucose, the sucrose in the intestine breaks down the sucrose to fructose and then glucose, which is absorbed and distributed by the body. In this way, the body gets instant energy.

Stored Energy

Thirdly stored sugar in the body serves the same purpose as the oil of an engine. This stored glucose is used by the body when the glycogen is broken down into glucose with this process called glycogenesis. As and when the glycogen gets converted to glucose it starts providing the required energy to the body. This process usually takes place when our body is running out of energy for example during the meal gaps or when a person is sleeping.

Starting a fire

Uses of sugar are not only limited to health purposes, it is also popular among travelers since sugar aids in starting a fire. Though one needs an equal amount of potassium permanganate but combining sugar in the same proportions with it, helps light fire in the easiest way possible. All you need is a rock or perhaps a hard surface and a stick to grind this combination against the surface. In no time you would have the fire lit up.

As a preservative

This may come as a surprise since most of the pickles that we consume have a certain amount of sugar but little did we know that the sugar is used for dual purposes, one to add taste and second is to act as a preservative. Though most people would think that salt is commonly used as a preservative, sugar has an equal ability to resist the growth of bacteria which may cause various diseases.

Author Bio:

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8 thoughts on “Survival Food: 5 Merits of Sugar in an Emergency

  • January 3, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Going to want some sugar when the SHTF. For my coffee, sweet tea, and cool-aid.

  • January 2, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Sugar does make a good barter item. Along with coffee,alcohol and tobacco. See all the vices are covered! 😀

  • November 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Sad day for the zombies because I'm gonna one grumpy hag on that day.

  • November 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    One other thing on the coffee front – I also like to keep non-dairy creamer on hand – between that, the instant coffee and the sugar I can start my apocalypse day out right!

  • November 16, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Yes! I keep 3 jars of instant coffee in my food storage – doesn't have too long of a shelf-life. When it starts to get close, I find things to bake that call for instant coffee and then replace the jar – I've got them staggered about 6 mos apart right now. Folger's instant is awesome for making home-made Kahlua and cream.

  • November 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I like this article – while sugar doesn't play a big role in my household (typically 1/2 tsp a day in my 1 cup of coffee), I keep 10 to 20 pounds of it in my food storage. I buy the sugar in 1 lb bags and store the bags in ziplock freezer-type bags. I like the 1 lb bags as potential "end-of-world" bartering items and also to share with neighbors who need to "borrow a cup of sugar". I think of sugar as one of those items that would bring comfort and a sense of normalcy during a stressful catastrophic time…and there's no way I'm drinking my coffee without it!


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