Non-centrifugal dry cane sugar comes from evaporating cane juice over a period of days instead of the traditional crystallized form obtained from sugar cane juice through pressing. The juice is extracted and stored in a natural wooden container. The process of extraction is often done using cold temperatures. The result is a white, thick liquid that can be spread into mixtures or dissolved in water for instant use. It has a fresh, earthy flavour which is highly preferred by many people for its natural sweetness and texture. Raw Sugar can also be recovered from sugarcane juice during the second stage of its processing. Sugarcane is a starchy vegetable with high hydration content which is extracted by soaking for a few days in water or alcohol.
Afterwards, it is left to dry naturally. The end product, raw sugar, is a clear, pale brownish liquid that can be further processed into many forms including cakes, pastries, pies and sweets.
In addition to the traditional brown, sweet and dark brown shades that characterize raw sugar cane, it is available in various shades ranging from a pale yellowish-brown to a deep, honey-coloured brown. The shades vary depending on the degree of hydration of the starch vegetable. Some are extremely light in colour while others have a rich dark colour that is almost black. Raw sugar cane is classified into three categories based on the levels of hydration present in them. These include light brown, golden and dark brown.
There are many benefits associated with raw sugar cane. It is easily usable and therefore inexpensive. It is one of the earliest products used for the manufacture of table sugar, which is why it is often referred to as “raw sugar”. Raw sugarcane juice is also highly beneficial since it is a rich source of alkaline and acid firming agents, which help reduce the signs of ageing.
As opposed to most sugars, raw sugarcane has zero calories. It also does not undergo any conversion process during processing to create table sugar or milk sugar. This means that individuals with high blood sugar will not experience any harmful side effects when they drink juice made from this natural resource. The same cannot be said about some artificial alternatives that are popularly consumed such as corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, lactose and glucose.
Some people refer to the juice as “brown sugar” while others refer to it as “milk sugar”. Regardless of its classification, the purpose is the same; it is to provide an affordable source of energy that comes at a lesser cost than most refined carbohydrates (e.g., table sugar and milk) and provides a significantly higher moisture content than its refined counterpart. Those who are trying to lose weight should especially consider incorporating it into their diet since it has been proven to increase energy and metabolism. In addition to its ability to boost your metabolism, raw sugar can also aid in weight loss because of its naturally high moisture content.
For the average person on a budget, investing in a glass of raw sugar every day is cost-effective compared to many other “convenience” foods such as snacks and candy. It is also much healthier compared to refined sugars and carbohydrates which contributes to better overall health. Since it offers significant nutritional benefits, it helps to regulate blood sugar levels, which can lead to a reduced risk of developing diabetes. Raw sugar also contains trace minerals, which makes it ideal for adding to your diet in place of other more commonly used sugars.
There are two major types of raw sugar on the market today. One is white sugar which is usually processed and the other is brown sugar which is unprocessed and unsullied. Although both have similar benefits, there is one major difference: the white granulated sugar has been processed and uses various additives that alter its chemical makeup, making it difficult to eat because it is not the same taste and texture as the natural granulated sugar that comes from the earth. On the other hand, the brown unprocessed sugar has not undergone any processing and is the purest form of sugar available on the market. While it may take a bit more time to prepare the baking item, you can be assured that the resulting baked goods will provide you with the exact amount of sweetener you need.