refined white sugar..what does it resemble?

The process of getting sugar from the sugar cane is varied depending on the finished product.

It is necessary to understand the process, as, a lack of knowledge can be detrimental to your efforts to live a “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE”

First the cane stalks are washed, and then crushed, to extract the juice.  The left over fibrous residue is called bagasse and in some sugar factories is burned to produce energy to run the manufacturing machines.

The juice is then boiled to reduce the moisture content.

The reduced liquid is then processed to remove some of impurities and color. A carbon compound (similar to chalk) is added to the juice to absorb some of the impurities and this also removes some of the sugar content, after it is removed. This can also be done with a phosphate solution.

At this stage it is referred to as syrup.  

cane syrup

 

This syrup is then boiled at high temperatures to reduce the liquid, and crystals begin to form. It then goes through a process to separate the crystals from the left over syrup . Imagine a washer extracting the water from a load of clothes after it is washed.  This sugar is called raw sugar, because it undergoes the minimum amount of processing necessary. The sugar crystals are usually a light brown

raw sugar

color.

 

To obtain refined white sugar, the process of refining is more drastic.

First a chemical compound of sulphur dioxide (a bleaching agent) is added to the cane juice even before the moisture is reduced.

The ensuing processes can vary slightly but involves chemicals like Phosphoric acid, Calcium hydroxide, and Carbon dioxide. The more processing, the more chemicals are used. You are a few clicks away from learning about the harmful effects of these chemicals.

Chemical agents are never good when your desire is to live a “HEALTHY LIFESTYLE.” Consuming an adequate amount of FIBER on a regular basis can reduce the harmful effects of these chemicals and too much glucose.

 

brown sugar..(.refined white sugar + molasses)

There is a difference between raw sugar and brown sugar. Brown sugar is refined white sugar to which molasses has been added.

After the sugar is extracted, the residue is called molasses. Because it still has sugar content, it is utilized as animal feed, or used to produce rum. Some baking recipes require molasses. 

 

 

Raw sugar is better than white or brown sugar, because it has encountered fewer chemicals during production. It is always better to consume natural foods, or as close to natural as possible. One would expect that raw sugar would reach the consumer at a lesser price than white sugar or brown sugar, but surprisingly it cost about 3 to 4 times the price.

 Good alternatives to sugar are STEVIA and AGAVE NECTAR, as well as honey. Read labels on honey as it can be reconstituted and mixed with other sugars (and a cadre of other ingredients). It is allowed to be called pure honey as long as some amount of honey went into it. Are there really enough honey bees in the world to produce the amount of “honey” being sold in stores?

The body can obtain an adequate amount of various sugars from fruits and vegetables, and is also capable of converting carbohydrates to sugars.

In the Western world, we are conditioned to refined sugar, but it may be good to consider, the amount of harmful chemicals that we are consuming along with the sucrose content of a perfectly natural plant food. Other more beneficial natural plant foods can be found here. 

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