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Pharmaceuticals and non-food products

Sugar can be used for many other products than food.

Pharmaceuticals

In pharmaceuticals the sugar adds:

  • Sweetness – the sweetness of the sugar and its ability to enhance or dampen other flavours are utilised in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals. The sugar is also used to add a tasty coating to tablets.
  • Volume – sugar is used as a bulking agent in tablets.
  • Texture – very small sugar particles can be used to make tablets, e.g. certain vitamin tablets, chewable.
  • Fermentation – sugar can be used as nourishment when cultivating certain pharmaceuticals.

Animal feed

When sugar has been extracted from the sugar beet, molasses and beet-pulp are left. These products are used in feed for cattle, pigs, horses and sheep.