Sugar Sugar Everywhere
There are many types of sugar, all with chemical differences and tastes.
If you use sugar, which type is best?
When buying regular table sugar, know that it is 99.5% sucrose, chemically refined, and usually made from beets or corn, which are usually GMO (see previous post). So, at least select 100% pure cane sugar, which is not derived from beets and corn. Then consider organic sugar, which will be free of pesticide residues.
Evaporated Cane Juice
This is the least processed of all the sugars and the one I prefer (we even use it as ingredient for Robin’s Egg Gentle Grains, www.robinseggorganics.com). Also referred to as sucanat, it is pressed sugarcane that is cooked and granulated at low temperatures, which allows it to retain all of its trace minerals.
Sugar with Molasses
Many sugars are processed like table sugar yet contain some molasses. The molasses was either added back into the sugar or the sugar was not finalized in the processing steps. The one to consider using is raw sugar, made from first stage of sugarcane manufacturing. Thus, no dyes or chemicals are used. Also, same ilk is granulated cane juice, which is raw sugar made from cane.
Sugar does have medicinal benefits…yippee. It can ease spasms, relieve pain, and provide short-term energy boosts.
Yet, it quickly passes into bloodstream, shocking and weakening the digestive system>>>leading to blood sugar imbalances>>>causing sugar cravings. It’s a tough cycle, a complete roller coaster detrimental to all the body’s systems.
Also, sugar (this is not a comprehensive list):
- is linked to tooth decay
- is associated with type 2 diabetes
- creates acidic environments, in the body, which consume minerals and cause calcium loss
- may increase PMS symptoms
- contributes to osteoporosis
- and definitely depresses the immune system. In fact, one tablespoon can suppress immune system (white blood cells) for up to 6 hours!
How much white stuff do you really need?
Realistically, the body only needs about 8 grams (.28 ounces) a day. This amount can be easily obtained from fruits, and other whole foods. The average American eats 92 grams (3.24 ounces) per day! So, be mindful — it’s ubiquitous.
“The flowers in spring, the moon in autumn,
Snow in winter, a cool breeze in summer—
If useless things don’t clutter your mind,
You have the best days of your life.” -Wumen