Before human created created the white table sugar. The roughly made asukal na pula, segunda or brown sugar was first introduced. Later, they thought white was better and developed technology for white sugar manufacture. Indeed, the acid taste was gone, it became sweeter and does not impart any color to food. It soon became the industry standard and popular to homes as well. After long period, harmful effects of bleach white sugar were discovered. Then health conscious people began reverting back to brown.
When rice polishing machines were not yet invented, all the rice on table belong to category “brown”. The more nutritious brown rice with less loss nutrients. Polishing machines were made to remove the brown layer which causes faster spoilage. The polished is shelf stable with significantly less benefits. Some people are returning to healthier brown rice but the transition is rather slow because of its scarcity.
When I was a little kid, mom often came home with a brown paper bag full of rice. That paper thing was hard to handle and teared easily causing spills. The more convenient, stronger and water resistant sando bags quickly replaced the brown supot. However, people are so irresponsible. Throwing plastics everywhere causing pollution, waterways clog and widespread flooding. Now, the brown paper bags are returning to circulation due to ban of plastic bags and other non-biodegradable relatives.
Bread are naturally brown, simply because of browning reaction occurring inside cooking oven. Brown outside but white inside. They are white breads made of refined flour – contain only endosperm. Due to health reasons, some merchants are now manufacturing whole grain flour (contains cereal germ, endosperm and bran) for making whole grain bread. The latter are brown inside and out.
White is a standard color for cleanliness. Sanitary tissue paper are normally white because they are meant for cleaning. I am now seeing tissue paper made from unbleached raw material, the brown tissue paper. I am also seeing some brown cotton buds on rare instances. Brown cottons made from our very own buboy/bulakahoy might penetrate the market someday.
We Filipinos, have natural brown complexion. Many are wanting whiter skin and resorting to skin whitening treatments. Before doing so, please bear in mind that darker colored skin has more melanin pigments. The more melanin, the stronger protection against sun’s ray. The whiter the skin, the lesser defense.
Marvin is the lead chocolate maker of Ben and Lyn Chocolate Inc. Has strong background in food research and development. Occasionally conducts training and lectures. Accepts coaching and consultancy services. Lecturer of Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines.