Sugar Free Sunday & Evaporated Cane Juice vs Sugar
Welcome to one of the sweetest weekly virtual potluck get-together ever! Yes indeed — it is Sugar Free Sunday! We host it every Sunday to exchange incredible sugar free recipes. Inspiration to start the week right? You bet!
As we Americans continue to demand healthier alternatives in packaged foods, the food industry is rapidly changing the ingredients lists to match. One change that I’ve noticed in a lot of packaged goods such as drinks, cookies, jams, breads is the replacement of high fructose corn syrup and sugar with “evaporated cane juice”. The word “juice” certainly sounds a lot healthier than “sugar” and “syrup” but how different is it really?
So what is evaporated cane juice? Evaporated cane juice is a generic catch all name for sweeteners such as Milled Cane, Demerara, Muscovado and Jaggery. Both refined sugar and evaporated cane juice are made primarily from sugar cane. The only difference is that evaporated cane juice doesn’t go through as much chemical processing as refined sugar. In fact the history of sugar essentially is that we used honey and then discovered evaporated cane juice and then proceeded to refine it to create what is now the common table sugar. According to many sources because evaporated cane juice is not refined, it retains more nutrients found in sugar cane.
Each type of evaporated cane juice has it’s own properties and nutritional breakdown but here is a basic version I found:
Source WH Foods
And here is the vitamin breakdown of refined sugar:
Source Nutritional Data
As you can see, evaporated cane juice has more Riboflavin than sugar which has basically none. Other than that, the two look fairly similar nutritionally. So yes, it does seem that evaporated cane juice is a “better” alternative to refined sugar. However if you really are looking for a good source of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) may I suggest a handful of almonds instead? Definitely a lot more nutrients in almonds than evaporated cane sugar.
So what do you think? Are we moving forward in our march towards a healthier society with evaporated cane juice? Or are we merely participating in a placebo test of words and marketing material?
How do you participate in the virtual potluck?
- Link your recipe post (NOT your homepage) if it does not use refined sugar. Your blog does not have to be entirely sugar free, just the dish you’re sharing!
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- Want to make something sweet without using refined sugar? Just check out all the ways to satisfy your sweet tooth without refined sugar here.
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