Natural Sugar vs refined sugar. They are different right? RIGHT?!?!
Although the harmful health effects of sugar are now indisputable, we are still eating an incredible amount of it. In fact, the average Longmont resident consumes three pounds of the sweet white poison per week!
It’s easy to understand why. Sugar is tasty, and it’s addictive (and did i mention tasty?). Well the addictive nature of sugar, when you study brain scans, suggest sugar is just as addictive as cocaine. YIKES!
In light of this knowledge, many people are attempting to choose a “healthier” sugar, opting for the more natural sugar options, and there are plenty in Boulder County grocery stores. You’ve probably seen many of these yourself. So what are these natural options and are they any better for you than refined white sugar?
Here’s what you need to know:
Refined white sugar: You probably know this already, but it’s worth repeating. Refined white sugar is completely stripped of all nutritional value, and provides only empty calories. Furthermore, more than 65 percent of the white sugar available commercially is made from GMO sugar beets. Avoid it at all costs!
….and to answer the headline, YES, there is a differences in sugars.
Brown sugar: Commercial brown sugar is nothing more than refined white sugar with some molasses added back in for color and flavor. Don’t be fooled by the color or claims. It’s just as bad.
Evaporated cane juice: Made from sugar cane -opposed to a Longmont favorite, sugar beets - evaporated cane juice is slightly less refined than white sugar, and therefore retains more color, flavor, and nutrients from the sugar cane. But really the only difference between commercial evaporated cane juice and white sugar is that the former goes through one less step of refinement.
Raw organic cane sugar: This type of sugar is less processed than refined white sugar, and still contains some of the original nutrients present in cane juice. There are good things in here such as amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and yep even a few antioxidants. Because it’s organic, you also won’t be exposed to the pesticides present in commercially grown sugar. So, while obviously a better choice than refined white sugar, remember that it’s still sugar (derp) and should be consumed in minimal amounts.
Coconut sugar: Coconut sugar is harvested from the sap of the coconut plant through a very natural process of extracting the juice, and then allowing the water to evaporate. Process-wise, it is one of the most sustainable methods of sugar production, and the product also contains a small amount of fiber and other nutrients. Coconut also contains a lower percentage of fructose than the other sugars listed, which perhaps makes it slightly healthier than the other options.
Other than the different types of sugars discussed above, there is one "sugar" that — in its raw form — contains a highly concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that help nourish and revitalize your body.
This is HONEY!
Raw honey contains disease-preventing and disease-fighting flavonoids. It also contains both propolis and bee pollen so you get the benefits of those two natural powerhouses as well. It has been scientifically proven to help with allergies, diabetes, sleep problems, coughs and wound healing.
This doesn’t mean you can go nuts and eat honey like it’s going out of style. But when you expose yourself to Boulder County, Front Range harvested Colorado honey, you are doing your body a significant favor versus sugar pulled from artificial sources from elsewhere in the world.
Honey is a great substitute for other sugars and a great complement for those who are seeking chiropractic care to support their immune system. What’s that?? You didn’t know Chiropractic can help with immune system function? It’s true!
Just like you may not have known the deep benefits of a sugar like honey, you may have a trove of hidden bacterial, allergy and virus fighting good vibes inside you just waiting to get tapped into!