The sugar syrup is concentrated by boiling and then cooled and seeded with sugar crystals, causing the sugar to crystallize out. The liquor is spun off in a centrifuge and the white crystals are dried in hot air and ready to be packaged or used. The surplus liquor is made into refiners' molasses. The International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis sets standards for the measurement of the purity of refined sugar, known as ICUMSA numbers; lower numbers indicate a higher level of purity in the refined sugar.
Refined sugar is widely used for industrial needs for higher quality. Refined sugar is purer (ICUMSA below 300) than raw sugar (ICUMSA over 1,500). The level of purity associated with the colors of sugar, expressed by standard number ICUMSA, the smaller ICUMSA numbers indicate the higher purity of sugar.
Avoid As Much As Possible, or Eliminate Completely Denatured Sugars!
Read ingredient labels faithfully.
The most widely used names for denatured sugars
Mono-saccharides (simple sugars)
|Milled Sugar (powdered, confectionery sugar)|
|Disaccharides (made from two mono-saccharides)||Sugar substitutes (Nutrasweet (aspartame, sucralose)|
|Glucose (commonly produced from cornstarch)||Brown Sugar (5-10% molasses added)|
|Fructose (high fructose corn syrup)||Molasses (refined from sugar cane or sugar beets)|
|Galactose (granulated sugar)||Caramel (heated sugar)|
|Sucrose (table sugar)(from glucose and fructose)||Cooked or heated Honey|
|Maltose (from malted grain)||Cooked or heated maple sap (maple syrup)|
|Lactose (from milk)||Polyols (sugar alcohol)|
|Xylose (a reducing sugar made from wood)||Sweet Wine (wine with added sugar)|
|Maltodextrin (synthetic polysaccharide)||Syrup (Dissolved invert sugars, rice sugar)|
|Raw Sugar (nutritionally identical to white sugar)||Trehalose (as a food additive antically produced from corn starch)|
|Caster Sugar (extra fine sugar)||Stevia - a processed sugar substitute from plant leaves|
|Reducing Sugar (fruit syrup, date honey)||Agave (Century Plant) processed using heat into a syrup|
Use the sugar naturally occurring in seeds, fruits or vegetables or Raw Honey. If the sugar has been isolated from these, than it is denatured because of the various forms of extraction and processing. Denatured sugar cannot be put back in the form that Nature made it in, and it dramatically influences blood sugar levels. A primary side effect of denatured sugar is called diabetes and it is also a primary source of energy for pleomorphic organisms inside the body.
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