July 27, 2005

what lies beneath?

While doling out some cereal this morning, i noticed the box had a sticker on it, with the word syrup, so that "invert syrup" was listed as an ingredient.

curiosity roused i quickwatson,thegame'safoot-ed. removed the sticker, while noting that the paper used was ordinary, and i didn't know the source. (i am not writing a monograph on the subject).

but what terrible word lay below the sticker, that it had to be censored from the tender minds of muesli eaters?

the word was sugar!so it was invert sugar and not invert syrup in my muesli!

apparently, invert sugar is created by combining a sugar syrup with a small amount of acid (such as cream of tartar or lemon juice) and heating. This inverts, or breaks down, the sucrose into its two components, glucose and fructose, thereby reducing the size of the sugar crystals. Because of its fine crystal structure, invert sugar produces a smooth product.
Now invert syrup, my notes tell me, is made by boiling equal parts of granulated sugar and water-and add a pinch of cream of tartar.

so invert syrup is the same as invert sugar!

i'm not going to stop eating muesli because it has sugar. i just wish theyd say so without all the mystery.
or sweeten it with HONEY (Highfructosecornsyrup ON EverYthing)

1 comment:

Adbutha said...

Aha! So thus came about the handle, the moniker, the title, or did it? We wonder on....