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Why unrefined sugar?

BY NutriStart

Are all sugars bad for you?


Compared to white sugar, unrefined sugar retains sugar’s natural nutrients, such as calcium, iron and magnesium. Unlike refined sugar, there are actually benefits in consuming it.

 

The benefits of unprocessed sugar include:

  • Not over-processed
  • Original nutrients locked in
  • Depth of flavour
  • Provides trace minerals and mineral salts


Because it is slightly sweeter than white sugar, you might use less, thus helping you reduce your intake of calories.


Even good sugars should be consumed within healthy limits.
Unrefined sugar is made to lock in the naturally occurring nutrients, without adding colourants or any additives. Just as nature intended.


White sugar is made by stripping the nutrients and colour out of the sugarcane plant through a multi-step refining process, to create a clean, white, uniform product. Manufacturers extract the juice from sugar cane plants, then begin boiling, bleaching and carbonating. It offers no benefits because all of the wholesome goodness has been removed during its production. Processed sugar is stripped of its molasses, from which any nutrition would exist.


With refined sugar offering empty calories, many people are looking for healthier ways to sweeten food and drinks.


If you are unsure of unrefined sugar sources, here are a few:

  • Honey
  • Agave nectar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Maple sugar
  • Cane juice
  • Date sugar
  • Fruit
  • Molasses
  • Raw, unrefined sugar


The best source of whole sugar will always be fresh fruit. Fruits are rich in water, which dilutes the sugar. They are also high in fibre, which slows down the release of fructose in the bloodstream. Fresh fruit is also loaded with nutrients that are essential to health and healing.


As a food sweetener, we at NutriStart have chosen to use raw unrefined sugar, to give our cereals that little bit extra, when it comes to healthy eating.

 November 01, 2017
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