We’ve been bamboozled when it comes to sugar, but it’s really quite simple. Natural sugars like natural cane sugar are good in moderation. Refined sugar is bad. Really bad.
What’s the difference?
Natural cane sugar is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibers and phytonutrients that help the body digest naturally occurring sugars. Cane sugar also contains vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, niacin, and pantothenic acid, which work synergistically with the minerals to nourish the body.
Cane sugar also contains a unique mix of compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are phytonutrients with powerful antioxidant properties and numerous potential health benefits. The polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals present in cane sugar help slow down the absorption of the sugars and prevent the sharp rise in blood sugar levels associated with refined sugar.
White sugar, on the other hand, is heavily refined. During refinement, sugarcane is boiled at high temperatures which destroys the enzymes and many of the nutrients present in the sugarcane. Then it’s crystallized through evaporation and further processed with phosphoric acid, formic acid, sulphur dioxide, preservatives, flocculants, surfactants, bleaching agents and viscosity modifiers.
If this sounds horrible, it’s because it is. Your body does not even recognize refined sugar as a food. It’s a chemical. And all that processing removes minerals required to digest sugar, including calcium, phosphorous, chromium, magnesium, cobalt, copper, iron, zinc and manganese. When you eat refined sugar, your body must use stored nutrients to digest it. This “leaching” robs calcium and other minerals from your bones, tissues and teeth.
According to Ayurveda, natural sugar cane and honey are not mere sweeteners. They also function as transporters of nutrients. They’re fundamental to assisting the body in absorbing and processing the benefits of other botanicals within a formula.
So what to do?
The body does need sugars as part of a balanced diet. Many foods contain natural sugars. If you require additional sugar for recipes or sport, look for natural cane sugar, non-refined. Or use honey.
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