Pharmaceuticals and non-food products
Sugar can be used for many other products than food.
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.
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.