Sugar : Natural vs. Processed

cut sugar cane

One of my reader’s posed a question after reading yesterday’s blog:  what’s the difference between natural and processed sugar?  My response: “Let me dig!”  So here we are again, with a blog spurned by curiosities!! And after reading all about how sugar is processed, it’s reignited my desire to see if I could take a tour of the Spreckels Sugar plant out in Brawley, CA…

What IS Sugar?

Sugar is a byproduct of photosynthesis and is found in all plants.  It is commonly referred to in three categories: sucrose, fructose, and glucose.

You ever notice on the food label that “Sugar” falls under “Carbohydrates?”  So, sugars are a form of carbs.  Carbs break down into glucose (aka blood sugar) and provide fuel to the body, gives us energy.  It’s what we need.  However, unused energy gets stored in the form of fat.

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