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Health Benefits of Organic Cane Sugar

Chris White

Believe it or not, sugar is found in almost everything we eat. Although it’s impossible to completely cut sugar from your diet, it is possible to try and consume better quality versions. Sugars that naturally occur in fruit and whole grains are the best kind for your body, because they’re absorbed more slowly and are less likely to cause a spike in blood sugar.

But when we’re talking about adding sugar to something that doesn’t already naturally possess it—such as our vice cream—we have to make a choice. What type of sugar is better than others?

The conclusion we came to, is the less-refined organic cane sugar.

In a 2015 study titled Phytochemical profile of sugarcane and its potential health aspects, researchers concluded that sugarcane “has a great potential to be a valuable medicinal product.”[1]

What is Organic Cane Sugar?

Cane sugar is derived from the sugarcane plant, which is a staple in many cultures’ cuisines (especially in south-east Asia, where it’s indigenous). When it’s completely unrefined, it’s in actual sugarcane form; when it’s gone through a refining process, it’s called cane sugar.

What Organic Cane Sugar Contains

Cane sugar does not compensate taste with waste. Sugar cane has a rich, warm flavor, but also contains a significant number of calories (it’s still sugar, guys!). That’s why we use the absolute minimum required to create our vice cream—it’s truly low in sugar compared to other similar treats.

Cane sugar juice is widely used as a sports drink in Asian countries. A 2013 study found that it actually “enhances muscle glycogen resynthesis”, and therefore can be more effective as a rehydration drink than commercial sports drinks and even plain water in post-exercise![2]

It’s also “widely used in India in the treatment of jaundice, hemorrhage, dysuria, anuria, and other urinary diseases.”[3]

The Glycemic Index

Cane sugar is considered low on the glycemic index (GI). The GI is a measurement of how quickly a food will raise one’s blood sugar levels. The rating goes from 0 to 100, the latter of which is the equivalent to heavily processed, white bread. The lower the glycemic index is, the less effect it has on blood sugar spikes.

Minimally-refined cane sugar “has a glycemic index of 43, which, according to the American Diabetes Association, makes it a low-glycemic food.”[4]

What Organic Cane Sugar Doesn’t Have

Unlike heavily refined sugars, organic cane sugar is produced without the synthetic pesticides and herbicides. It’s low in cholesterol and sodium, and contains no saturated fats.[5]

So now you can eat your vice cream cone knowing that we’ve taken the necessary steps to ensure that you and your family are consuming the least amount of added sugar possible—and that what little sugar is added, is the very best quality we can find.

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References:

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26009693

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880661/

[3] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26009693

[4] http://www.livestrong.com/article/495010-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sugarcane/

[5] http://www.livestrong.com/article/495010-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-sugarcane/