by José de la Isla
MEXICO CITY — Not everyone knows but perhaps they should. The New World people conquered Europe beginning in the 16th century with their fresh fruits, vegetables, condiments and confections. Sugar was one of them.
The other thing that most of us don’t think about too much is that sugar became as addictive as heroin. It went from a luxury to a necessity to a mind- and body-altering food. Over the last five centuries, sugar consumption has come to be virtually measured in terms of mountains instead of teaspoons.