Is cane sugar healthy
Most people know that cane sugar is a healthier option than processed white sugar. But what exactly makes cane sugar healthier? And is it as healthy as people say? In this blog post, we will explore the health benefits of cane sugar and compare them to the benefits of other sweeteners. We will also discuss how much cane sugar you can safely eat each day. So, if you are looking for a healthier sweetener, read on!
What is cane sugar?
–Cane sugar refers to any type of sugar made from sugar cane. Sugar cane itself is an extremely tall grass found in tropical regions. It takes at least 6 months for the cane to grow before it can be harvested, making it one of the most labor-intensive crops around. Sugar cane has been cultivated for over 4,000 years and was brought to Europe during the Age of Exploration. Today, the main producers of cane sugar are Brazil, India, China, and Thailand.
-Cane sugar is a carbohydrate and the main molecule in sugar cane is sucrose. Sucrose comprises of two molecules: Glucose and Fructose. These two sugars have a slightly different taste, but overall leave you with the same level of energy (in other words, about 16 calories per teaspoon).
–Cane sugar is a source of carbohydrates, but unlike other sweeteners, it also provides other nutrients. In fact, 1 cup of cane sugar has more potassium than a banana – 480mg vs 422mg respectively. Potassium works together with sodium to help control blood pressure and a diet high in potassium can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke. Cane sugar also contains magnesium at 21% RDA per 100g serving. Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function as well as healthy bone mineralisation.
Low Glycemic Index
-Cane sugar has a low glycemic index (GI). The GI ranks carbohydrate-rich foods based on their immediate effect on blood glucose levels after consumption. Glycemic Index is measured on a scale of 0 to 100, with high glycemic index foods having an index greater than 70 and low glycemic foods having an index less than 55. Low GI food choices are usually healthier because they cause less of a spike in blood sugar levels. Some examples of high GI foods include white bread, corn flakes, watermelon, and pineapple. Some examples of low GIs foods include blueberries, grapefruit, apples, and lentils.
How Does Cane Sugar Compare?
First let’s look at the disadvantages of cane sugar:
-High calorie count: Cane sugar has about 16 calories per teaspoon. That is 4 times as much as stevia and twice as much as saccharine. High in fructose: Fructose doesn’t cause a huge spike in blood sugar levels, but it’s still not great for you either Consumption of high amounts of fructose can lead to insulin resistance, weight gain and liver disease according to recent studies. Too much cane sugar can contribute to tooth decay. Sugar cane itself does not contain sucrose; instead, the sucrase enzyme is added during processing. This makes cane sugar less natural than other sweeteners like honey and maple syrup (which both contain plenty of nutrients).
Now let’s look at the advantages of cane sugar:
-Cane sugar is low in fructose and does not cause a huge spike in blood sugar levels. Which makes it better than other sweeteners like honey and maple syrup (which both contain plenty of nutrients). Cane sugar is high in potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus, which are all essential minerals for good health. Cane sugar contains no artificial ingredients or chemicals, making it a healthier choice than processed white sugar. It can be used for baking, cooking and as a topping on foods such as porridge/oatmeal. Sugar cane contains sucrose which can be broken down by human enzymes from the mouth to produce glucose and fructose during consumption. This means that you get energy from cane sugar, rather than the feeling of “sugar rush” followed by a drop in energy (like you would get with an artificial sweetener). Cobalt is a trace element that is found in sugar cane soil. Recent studies have shown that cobalt can be used to make batteries with higher capacity and faster charging time, which makes it an eco-friendly choice as well.
-Sucrose is also found in blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses is the by-product of the production of white sugar. It still contains some nutrients including calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and B vitamins. However, blackstrap molasses has a bitter taste, so it’s usually used in baking or cooking.
-Glycerol: Glycerol is another sweetening agent found in cane sugar. Glycerol makes food moist by binding to water molecules when heated which means it can be used as an alternative to corn syrup which has negative health effects due to its high fructose content. Glycerol can also be used as a substitute for table sugar during diabetic treatment because it does not need for metabolism purposes.
-Another sweetening agent found in cane sugar is glycerin. Glycerin is used to retain moisture in food. It’s also considered safe for diabetics because it does not require metabolism.
-Sugarcane juice is also considered a healthy alternative to cane sugar. It’s made by pressing the sugarcane and squeezing out the juice. The result is a slightly sweet tasting drink that has more nutrients than cane sugar itself.
How Is Cane Sugar Made?
-The process of making white table sugar starts with harvesting the plants, then stripping them down into large pieces and extracting their juices through heat and pressure. The extracted sugary liquid goes through multiple refining processes until it converts into the pure white crystal we know as “table sugar”.
-To make brown sugar, molasses is added back in during the refining process which gives it its flavor and colour. Brown sugars add moisture and sweetness to foods which makes them great for baking.
-Cane sugar is better than other sweeteners because it does not contain high amounts of fructose, has no artificial ingredients and is eco-friendly. However, when buying cane sugar, it’s important to check the ingredient label for extra added ingredients such as sulphur dioxide which can cause oxidation in the body and lead to increased health problems.