Surprising Health Benefits of Organic Sugar Cane (& Why It’s the Better Option)
You hear it all the time: The more processed something is, the worse it is for you. Well, we’re here to prove that that’s still true. Your body has an easier time digesting and using authentic, organic ingredients like our organic sugar cane, and we wanted to dig deeper into some surprising statistics.
It’s no shock that visitors from across the globe think American cuisine is excessively sweet...You can find refined sugars in many of the foods on supermarket shelves, making conditions such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease prevalent. Let’s skip the BS and bite into some facts about organic sugar versus its highly processed counterpart.
Get to Know Organic Sugar Cane
We researched high and low and found the following to be possible health benefits associated with organic sugar:
- Can help burn fat and build muscle due to the presence of essential amino acids
- Can increase energy levels
- Can produce serotonin
- Can store energy as healthy fats
- Has been found to lower cholesterol
- May be used to treat:
- Febrile disorders
- Inflammatory diseases
- Intestinal issues
- May strengthen your immune response
- Supplies sufficient amounts of antioxidants to the body
These are only a few reasons why you should sub refined sugar for Big Country pure cane sugar.
The thing about organic sugar’s processing – er, process – is that it enhances its distinct flavor, improves the texture, and increases the shelf life. The refining process, on the other hand, removes any impurities from the sugar as well as the natural molasses that gives organic sugar its varying shades of gorgeous, brown color. The refining process also rids sugar of the minuscule yet remaining nutrients found in organic cane sugar, according to Livestrong.
Those nutrients include 17 amino acids, 11 minerals, and 6 vitamins in the forms of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin E, B vitamins, selenium, and chromium. While the amounts are insubstantial alone, Americans eat enough sugar each day (roughly 22 tablespoons 🤯) to reap the rewards. So, you may as well eat sugar in its purest form if you’re going to eat it!
The Glycemic Index Doesn’t Lie
If you’re unfamiliar with the glycemic index, it’s a system of assigning a number to high-carb foods based on how much each one increases blood sugar. The glycemic index itself is not a diet plan but one of the various tools – such as calorie or carbohydrate counting – used for guiding food choices, according to the Mayo Clinic. In terms of sugar, this source found that organic sugar cane has a glycemic index of 30 to 40, while refined sugar has a glycemic index of around 65. The higher the number, the higher the blood sugar. That’s something worth noting.
Better for You, Better for the Planet
Sugar mills have done some hefty damage to Mother Earth, and her health matters, too. Don’t take our word for it; here’s what the World Wildlife Fund has to say about sugar:
“Sugar mills produce wastewater, emissions and solid waste that impact the environment. The massive quantities of plant matter and sludge washed from mills decompose in freshwater bodies, absorbing all the available oxygen and leading to massive fish kills. In addition, mills release flue gases, soot, ash, ammonia, and other substances during processing.”
Plus, they note that sugarcane is one of the thirstiest plants in the global ecosystem, making the annual maintenance of the sugar gamut affect biodiversity in several areas. When you take all that and consider the metric tons of sugar consumed annually, it’s not hard to want to support more sustainable methods of food production, i.e., organic sugar cane.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth the Best Way Possible
Big Country organic sugar cane is harvested, cut by farmers, and taken to the mill where the juice is extracted and crystallized. That’s the process from start to finish. Our sugar may look a little different than what you’re used to, but that’s because our minimalistic process allows pure cane sugar to retain its natural flavor and dark blonde color. Our mission is to not only make our products responsibly and sustainably but to make them just as – if not more – delicious than their processed counterparts.
Shop the best Organic Sugar Cane on the market from Big Country Foods!