The Great Sugar Debate

You are in the sugar aisle you look at your list and see that you need sugar. Little did you know you would have 50 to choose from. Is there a difference? Yes, there is! I'm not going to cover all of them here, I am going to cover one, in hopes of getting to others soon.

Turbinado Sugar, Sugar in the Raw, or lightly "processed" sugar. It looks so natural, so healthy, so wonderfully sweet sitting in that nice packaging on the shelf. It just says, grab me, eat me, enjoy me....but should you?

Contrary to what some might think, Turbinado is still considered a processed sugar. Granted it isn't as processed as refined white sugar, but it does have minerals removed. It is placed in a centrifuge and moistened to remove the gritty layer of the cane, and also a large percentage of the molasses. This diminishes the minerals available, and it can no longer be considered a whole food. Pretty much it is just sucrose with a light hint of golden color to the crystal.

Yes, this is misleading, especially since it is marketed as Sugar in the Raw, and I don't know about you, but when I think raw, that means not messed with. In this case, it is messed with!

If you want the only packaged sugar from sugar cane that isn't messed with you need to buy Sucanant.

Sucanant retains all the original properties of the sugar cane, making it a whole food, granted it is still a simple sugar, but it is the best simple sugar you can purchase from the sugar cane plant.