Sugar is often given a bad rap, especially for children. We grow up thinking we need to limit the amount of sugar we take in because it’s bad for us. While this may be partially true, sugar can also save your life, literally.
As the video shows, you can start a fire with sugar by mixing it with potassium permanganate and causing some friction. You can purchase potassium permanganate on Amazon. Sugar is helpful in other survival situations as well.
Sugar can serve as an emergency way to treat an open wound. After all, it’s been used for centuries. Simply coat the open wound with sugar and cover with a bandage, replacing the sugar and bandage every 4-6 hours.
The sugar draws the water out of the wound, which stops bacteria from growing, preventing infection. Be sure the wound is cleaned thoroughly and the bleeding has stopped completely before adding sugar, as sugar can increase blood flow.
Sugar can also be used to preserve foods, much like its salty counterpart. Sugar acts much like salt in the way that it resists bacteria growth, making it a great preservative. Sugar is also great for a sudden burst of energy, which may be exactly what you need after a long hike.
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can lead to dizziness, lightheadedness, hunger and/or excessive shaking. In survival situations this condition could easily become life-threatening, but it’s easily treatable by consuming sugar.
Sugar isn’t the only common household item that can be handy in a survival situation; check out how Vicks VapoRub can be useful as well.
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