Do You Know Your Sugar?

I just recently learned that brown sugar is actually white sugar with molasses added to it, What? I learned this because I bought a box of crackers that had Demerara sugar in it. I had no idea what this even was so I began researching this word. I found out what this was and I learned more about other sugars as well with one of them being brown sugar. Now I would like to share with you what I learned. Please do your own research and if you would like to comment on what you learned then please share. Let’s begin by learning about sugar and refined sugar.

  • Demerara – This is a type of cane sugar with a fairly large grain and a pale amber color. It has a pleasant toffee flavor and can be used in place of brown sugar. [by What’s the Difference? Muscovado, Demerara, & Turbinado]
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar is a bit of a generic term — it’s simply sugar that contains molasses, with the molasses giving it that distinctive brown color and flavor. There are two ways that brown sugar can be made:… read more

What Are Refined Sugars?

Sugar manufacturing involves the process called refining, during which impurities and colored components are removed. The starting product, called raw sugar, is softened and dissolved, then the components are separated to yield the white, pure sugar recognized as table sugar, or pure sucrose.

Some sugar, especially the type called refined, cause a rapid rise in blood sugar that could raise your risk of diabetes and other chronic problems. A large number of the foods we eat contain refined sugar, which could pose as large a health problem as dietary fats and cholesterol… read more

Natural vs. refined sugars: What’s the difference?

Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as lactose. Foods with natural sugar have an important role in the diet of cancer patients and anyone trying to prevent cancer because they provide essential nutrients that keep the body healthy and help prevent disease.

Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar. It is typically found as sucrose, which is the combination of glucose and fructose. We use white and brown sugars to sweeten cakes and cookies, coffee, cereal and even fruit. Food manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high-fructose corn syrup, to foods and beverages, including crackers, flavored yogurt, tomato sauce and salad dressing. Low-fat foods are the worst offenders, as manufacturers use sugar to add flavor… read more

Replacing Refined Sugars with Natural Sugars One Step At a Time

The average American now consumes 175 pounds of sugar per year! That’s 46 teaspoons a day! If we pretend that sugar actually had some benefits, eating one-half pound every day would not seem like such a bad idea. But the truth is that sugar has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever. Not only does it totally lack nutrients, but when you eat sugar it actually robs your body of nutrients– vitamins, minerals and even enzymes.

Sure sugar may be temporarily pleasing to the taste buds, but the rest of the body suffers for it. The sad thing is that most people are not aware of the devastating effects that excess sugar consumption has on the body. The cartoon illustrates a typical day for many Americans and how the standard American diet affects our health, especially the way we think and feel…. read more
Processed foods are one of the biggest dietary sources of refined sugar.

How to Eliminate Refined Sugars

Since sugar contains no beneficial nutrients, it is not necessary to eat any at all, and yet the typical American consumes between 120 and 150 pounds each year. Furthermore, Americans take in 10 times more refined sugar than all the 2,600 food additives combined, with the exception of salt, according to FamilyEducation.com. If you fall into the category of “typical American,” it may be time to cut back on your intake and eliminate refined sugars from your diet…. read more

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