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Get the Facts About Sugar

Source: The Sugar Association

From Farm to Table:

The process of producing pure natural sugar begins by grinding sugar cane to extract its juice. The juice is then boiled until it develops into a thick syrup and slowly starts to crystallize. To produce “raw sugar,” the sugar crystals are then spun in a centrifuge, a process similar to the Rinse and Spin cycle on your washing machine. The raw sugar is then shipped to the refinery where it is remelted and filtered/purified to rid it of any remaining non-sugar ingredients and color. Finally, it is crystallized, dried and packaged for consumer consumption.

Health/Nutritional Facts:

  • Sugar is all natural and only contains 15 calories per teaspoon.

  • Sugar is not the cause of obesity.

  • Sugar is not addictive.

  • Sugar is not a high glycemic food.

  • Sugar does not cause a “sugar high”.

  • Sugar does not cause diabetes.

Did you know…

  • Sugar (or sucrose) is a carbohydrate that occurs naturally in every fruit and vegetable.

  • Sugar primarily comes from sugar cane and sugar beets from which it is extracted for our consumption.

  • The sugar in your sugar bowl is the same sugar that is in a peach or watermelon.

  • Sugar cane is a tropical grass that grows 10-20 feet high. Originally, people chewed raw sugar cane to extract its sweetness.

  • Four U.S. states produce sugar cane: Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii and Texas . A stalk of the sugar cane plant contains 12-14% sucrose.

  • The process of separating sugar from the sugar cane plant is accomplished in two steps, first at raw sugar mills and then at sugar refineries.

  • Most sugar cane mills and refineries produce their own electricity and some even supply power to nearby communities.

In the kitchen…

  • Sugar is an important ingredient used in baking because it absorbs water and inhibits gluten development so it helps keep baked goods moist and fresh.

  • Natural sugar helps prevent spoilage of fruit jellies and preserves by stealing the water from bacterial cells, killing them and preventing spoilage.

  • Sugar helps food brown, bread rise and enhances smoothness and flavor in dairy products.

  • Balances sour, bitter and spicy flavors in foods like spaghetti and barbeque sauce.

Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC
1230 South 5th Ave. (Physical)
P.O. Box 625 (Mailing)
Gramercy, LA 70052

Phone: 225-869-6990
Fax: 225-869-4371

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