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A sweet crystalline substance Coming from two main sources - sugar-beet and sugar-cane. Cane is considered more highly, and only sugar from this source can produce natural brown sugars; but in their refined state both are pure sucrose - any differences in taste being imagination. In world-wide terms, production of the two is about equal.

Possibly because of the British love of processed foods, we have easily the highest sugar consumption in Europe; accounting for 23% of all the sugar consumed. Germany comes next at 14%. Poland leads European consumption per head at 6.8kg per head in 2001.

But for confectionery items Denmark has the highest expenditure per head, at nearly $52 in 2001.

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