Jacqueline Guest Blogs: Just a spoon full of sugar?

This Guest Blog Post is from Jacqueline Ip, one of Dr. T’s Health Psychology students:

Do you believe sugar can heal your wounds? Professor Murandu from University of Wolverhampton recently tested sugar therapy with three types of sugar to see the effect on bacterial growth. Participants in his study had different wound types, such as leg ulcers and surgical wounds, and results show that greet sugar and cane sugar have an antimicrobial and an analgesic (pain relief) effect. This research suggests that underlying sugar therapy is the principle that  bacteria needs water to survive. Since sugar has high osmolar action, sugar “takes away” the water in the wound thus inhibiting bacteria reproduction and causing the bacteria to die. So while a spoonful of sugar may be bad in our food, it may work great under our band-aids.