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Sponge Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
Separate eggs - put yolks into bowl with water. Beat. Add flour, baking powder, salt. Mix and beat for 2 minutes. Add vanilla and egg whites beaten stiff.

Bake at 350 F for 35-40 minutes.
Submitted by Dan and Alicia Cunningham - Burlington, VT Mar 31, 2010
15 min 30 min 45 min

Egg whites

  • Egg whites contain vitamin B which can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and improve memory
  • Egg whites contain absolutely no fat and a tiny amount of carbohydrates
  • Egg whites are an excellent source of protein because their amino acids are easy to digest
  • An egg white contains folate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous
  • When removing an egg yolk from an egg, you reduce the calorie content by 75%
  • Separate egg yolk from egg white by tossing the yolk back and forth between two shells with a bowl beneath
  • Egg whites are high in protein and low in cholesterol

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food
  • Sugar is a carbohydrate with about 9 calories per sugar cube
  • About 40% of the world's sugar production comes from Brazil
  • The fully mature sugar cane stem can grow as tall as five meters
  • Sugar cane and sugar beet are the most common sources of refined sugar
  • Sugar is sucrose which can is found naturally in many plants
  • Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing sugar to the Americas
  • The process of creating sugar through evaporation of the sugar cane juice began in India
  • The earliest known production of sugar dates back to 9000 BC in the southwest Pacific island of New Guinea

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