Are you Getting The Real Brown Sugar?

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Many health conscious individuals are starting to use the brown sugar because it is claimed to be healthier and safer than its refined  counterpart.

After harvesting of sugar cane, raw or brown sugar is made as follows:

Extraction.The cane is crushed in a series of large roller mills: similar to a mangle [wringer]. Evaporation. The juice is cleaned with slaked lime which settles out a lot of the dirt so that it can be sent back to the fields. Once this is done, the juice is thickened up into a syrup by boiling off the water using steam in a process called evaporation. Boiling.The syrup is placed into a very large pan for boiling, the last stage. In the pan even more water is boiled off until conditions are right for sugar crystals to grow. In the factory the workers usually have to throw in some sugar dust to initiate crystal formation. Once the crystals have grown the resulting mixture of crystals and mother liquor is spun in centrifuges to separate the two, rather like washing is spin dried. The crystals are then given a final dry with hot air before being stored.

The resulting sugar in the above mentioned procedures can be sold as  brown sugar or can be further processed to partially refined sugar (segunda) or fully refined sugar (white sugar).

Sometimes manufacturers add back the molasses (by product of sugar production) to white sugar to produce brown sugar.

Now, the question is – Are you getting the real brown sugar? Maybe its better to use the more expensive muscovado.

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Low Carb Natural Sugars for Diabetics

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The following natural sugars  maybe use by diabetics.  They have low glycemic index .

Coconut Sugar
is a natural sugar made from coconut sap.It is healthier compared to other sugar substitute. It has low glycemic index (GI) of 35. Having low GI value, it is safe for diabetics. Coconut sugar can be use for coffee, tea, baking and cooking.

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The Kaong Sugar This sweetener comes from sugar palm, a close relative of coconut.

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The Stevia Herb is claimed to be 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar and it has no “CALORIES”. Has been used by many countries for years.

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According to research it is used to treat hypercglycemia, an abnormally high blood sugar usually associated with diabetes.

It is an anti-inflammatory, use to heal wounds and helps lower blood pressure.

This an question and answer if found on FDA website. (Page Last Updated: 12/30/2009)
Question: Has Stevia been approved by FDA to be used as a sweetener?
Answer: Based on its review of information and data submitted by industry, FDA has concluded there is no basis to object to the use of certain refined Stevia preparations in food. These refined Stevia preparations may be lawfully marketed and added to food products sold in the United States.

I recommend it if you can stand some sort of bitterness or have any means to remove it)