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Close up shot of sugar crystals
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Sugar is made from a variety of plants. Most common in the US is sugar made from GMO Sugar Beets, and Sugar Cane. The plants are processed to extract the sucrose, which is technically what food labels mean when they list sugar on the package. About 1/2 the sugar being made for the US is GMO beets, and about 1/2 from sugar cane.

Often sugar will simply be listed as sugar or sucrose on the package, and when that is the case, there is no way of knowing what the sugar was made from.

Sugar beets
Sugar beets growing in a garden
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If the label states sugar from sugar cane, then it will not be GMO. If it says non-GMO, then you know it won't be using GMO sugar beets.

The process of creating refined white sugar, and most brown sugar, whether it's made from sugar cane or sugar beets, involves the use of toxic chemicals.

Sugar has been the subject of a lot of controversy over the years. The sugar makers have worked very hard to not allow their products to be linked to disease, even though the evidence is getting stronger and stronger that sugar is looking like the main cause of diabetes, heart disease and other modern "developed" country diseases.

It is now coming to light that there has been a 50 year conspiracy of intentional fraud on the part of the sugar cartel. The future will eventually bring this corruption to the light of day.

In the meantime, you can take all necessary steps to remove sugar and other processed sweeteners from your diet. It is foolish to wait for who knows how many years or decades before this knowledge becomes common place.

If you are working towards being healthy, then sugar and other processed sweeteners do not belong in your diet.

Sugar cane
Sugar cane field
Image by: Michael Coghlan
For the RARE occasion you may want to use a sweetener, and you want it to be real, your options include:
  • Raw unfiltered honey - this most often needs to be purchased directly from the bee farmers, or wild honey harvesters. This is the only form of honey that is considered real.
  • Sugar cane sugar BEFORE it has been Lime treated - This is not the fruit lime, it is the chemical lime - calcium hydroxide. This is very hard to find, but if you do, enjoy it, in small amounts. When using this form of sweetener, don't use it more than 2 or 3 times a year.
  • Date Sugar - This is actually just roasted, ground dates, so is classified as Real food. Since it's a whole food, and contains much more than just sugar, such as the original fiber, it does not dissolve. This makes it not suitable when the recipe requires the sugar to dissolve, but can still be used for many things that you want sweet. Read the label to ensure it contains no additional ingredients. You can also make your own, either by roasting in the oven or dehydrating in the sun or in a dehydrator, then grinding into a fine powder. Check out this recipe to make your own - Date Sugar.
  • Stevia - this is a plant that has a natural sweetness about 100 to 300 times as sweet as sugar. The chemical make up of this plant is actually different, so the sweetness does not actually come from a sugar type of molecule, thus it has none of the effects of sugar, such as being a load on the insulin system in your body. You need to be careful when you buy this, as you want pure liquid or powder extract. You do not want to buy the new versions that have recently hit the market that are loaded with all kinds of fillers and additives. You can even just use the fresh or dried herb itself.

Virtually all other sweeteners are processed, thus they are not considered real. The processing destroys what was good, and turns it into poison. Less bad, when it comes to sugar, is not good; it's still bad.

The effort of removing "processed" sugar from your diet will be huge in terms of improving your health. The most benefit is seen when you completely remove it, as even small amounts of processed sugars of any kind contribute to ill health.

Citations - References - Resources

Mother Jones
STAT News
The New York Times
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Wikipedia
NPR
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