Most people know that eating a boatload of processed sugars is a step in the wrong direction. And we have endless amounts of data to support that idea. For instance, a very recent study found a high incidence of obesity in adolescents who have consumed sugar-sweetened beverages.(1) Those researchers were able to show a dose-dependent response between sugar consumption and obesity. In other words, the more sugar-sweetened beverages a kid drinks, the greater the likelihood of them developing obesity.
You probably didn’t need to see that research to come to a similar conclusion. We know that sugar-laden beverages are unhealthy when consumed in abundance. However, there are some differences between the types of sugar used that are worth mentioning.
What Is Processed Sugar?
Processed sugar, sometimes referred to as refined sugar, comes from plant sources like cane, beets, corn, or agave. First, the plants are cleaned and cooked until juices can be extracted. Then, the liquids are processed down until they form crystals. Eventually, once you remove everything from the original plant, you’re left with processed (white) sugar crystals, which is what you’d find in a sugar packet at your local diner.
Unfortunately, through the extraction process, almost all qualities from the original plant are lost. So, you’re left with plain sugar, which contains four calories per gram. In essence, processed sugar is a vehicle for sweetness and calories and nothing else.
What Is Organic Cane Sugar?
Organic sugar comes directly from sugar cane, which is the same stuff we use in our Pure Cane products. Organic cane sugar is processed similarly to regular sugar. However, there are no chemicals used in the process. For instance, multiple chemicals are used to “clean” processed sugar so that it comes out pure white, whereas organic cane sugar will retain its natural color (i.e., off-brown). So, you end up with a more nutrient-dense version of sugar.
Organic cane sugar contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fibers, and phytonutrients that are preserved during the extraction process. It also has polyphenols (i.e., plant nutrients). Polyphenols have strong antioxidant properties, making cane sugar a more robust alternative to white or processed sugar.
So, if you compare processed, refined sugar to organic cane sugar, the clear winner is organic cane sugar.
Is Organic Sugar Healthier?
Organic foods are more popular than ever, but does eating organic food mean you’re healthier? The answer is yes. You see, a farmer’s main concern is that their crops actually produce food, so they’ll do anything within their power to ensure that happens. That’s why conventional farming methods often use pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, and more, to ensure there is a high yield. However, we know from extensive research that overconsumption of these chemicals is unhealthy.(2) Thus, organic farming methods, which are mostly devoid of harmful chemicals, will yield much healthier, cleaner food.
This is why we use 100% organic cane sugar in Pure Cane products. It’s a cleaner, more nutrient-dense alternative to processed sugar. What’s more, organic cane sugar is natural, making it a heavy hitter against products that use artificial, non-nutritive sweeteners (e.g., Aspartame, Sucralose).
The Clear Winner
For those looking to shy away from artificial sweeteners and refined sugar, organic cane sugar is the clear choice. It’s tasty, clean, and may even provide you with health benefits you didn’t know were possible from eating cane sugar. So, put those sugary energy drinks back on the shelf and get yourself one of the purest more energizing supplements on the market: Pure Cane.
Editor’s Note: Pure Cane contains 15 grams of sugar per serving, which is well under the recommended daily allowance for sugar consumption. This is not comparable to the first study mentioned about adolescents drinking sugar-laden beverages. On average, children who exceeded 25 grams of sugar per day were significantly more likely to be obese, whereas everyone under 25 grams of sugar per day were deemed healthier. So, you have nothing to worry about drinking Pure Cane, even if you’re trying to control for calories or lose weight.