Sugar In The Raw

Sugar In The Raw isn't actually raw sugar, but it may be a little better than processed white sugar.


Review: Sugar In The Raw

Published 10:04 am

Sugar In The Raw has become the marketing face of turbinado sugar in America, boosted to popularity largely through nationwide adoption by Starbucks and many other coffee shops.

Turbinado sugar differs from regular brown sugar in that it is made from the juice of freshly cut Hawaiian sugar cane, which is evaporated and then crystallized. The final step in the process is to run the crystals through a turbine to remove plant material and dry them out, which creates the larger granules and paler color.

Sugar In The Raw is a bit of deceptive advertising through clever wording, because it isn't actually raw sugar. It is partially processed; if you want truly "raw" sugar you'll have to track down some rapadura (dried sugar cane juice without the processing to remove molasses) at your local organic foods store.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Sugar In The Raw is as bad as refined white and brown sugars, however. The Sugar In The Raw website claims that it retains "very small amounts of" the nutrients that are bleached totally out of most refined sugars.

As you may know, it is the complete loss of these nutrients that causes the health problems associated with refined sugar - to process these empty carbohydrates, the body has to leach minerals and nutrients from elsewhere inside of you, and eventually starts working on your bones and teeth to get them once it exhausts the other reserves.

It also stores the glucose by-product in your "non-essential" areas from a body function perspective, which is where the rolls of fat around the abdomen, and the plump buttocks and thighs tend to come from when the rest of the body doesn't seem to be putting on weight.

Unfortunately, these nutrients are apparently not present in Sugar In The Raw in quantities to get them listed on the FDA mandated Nutrition Facts list. Therefore, it is hard to say if they are present in enough of a balance to make a difference as far as health is concerned.

We can safely assume that, due to the relatively lower amount of processing involved in making Sugar In The Raw, and the fact that it retains some of the sugar cane juice, it is less likely that there is a complete loss of the needed nutrients. However, we don't really know if there are enough left to make Sugar In The Raw a net overall health gain for your body. It may be that it is just a few degrees less damaging than typical refined sugar.

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From a food preparation perspective, the larger and tougher granules actually make Sugar In The Raw tougher to dissolve into beverages. You have to put in much more heavy-duty stirring to get it dissolved into coffee, for example, which is funny considering how the main marketing thrust of it seems to be as a substitute sweetener at coffee shops.

From looking around at the websites of professional chefs, it seems that the main use of Sugar In The Raw for food prep is that it functions well as a sweetener for certain wines!

So, all in all, Sugar In The Raw seems to be at least somewhat less likely to leach your minerals, make you crazy and make you fat than regular refined sugar. If it is the only option at your coffee shop or local Piggly Wiggly, and you absolutely have to have your sweets to get through the day, you are probably better off with it than you were with the plain refined sugar.

However, if you really want to ensure you are getting the most healthy option in terms of a sweetener, you really need to track down a completely natural and unrefined sweetener, which means a trip to your local organic or raw foods supplier.

Bestselling Sugar In The Raw Products in 2020


Sugar In The Raw, 200 Count

Sugar In The Raw, 200 Count
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • A delicious molasses flavor with distinctive golden hue
  • Kosher and vegan certified
  • Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free
  • Perfect for sprinkling over a baked treat or stirring into a beverage
  • Enjoy the sweet moments in life with Sugar In The Raw

Sugar In The Raw Natural Cane Turbinado Sugar 4.5 g. (1 Pack 500ct)

Sugar In The Raw Natural Cane Turbinado Sugar 4.5 g. (1 Pack 500ct)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 500 packets - 4.5 grams each
  • Great for specialty coffees
  • Natural cane turbinado sugar from Hawaii
  • Mad in Maui

Sugar in the Raw Cane Sugar, 6 lbs, Pack of 2

Sugar in the Raw Cane Sugar, 6 lbs, Pack of 2
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Sugar in the raw natural sugar cane 6 lbs bag. Pack of 2.
  • Great for baking.

Sugar In The Raw/Unrefined, 32-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)

Sugar In The Raw/Unrefined, 32-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • pack of 2, 32-ounce box (64 ounce)
  • All natural
  • Adds rich taste to coffee and tea

Sugar in the Raw / Raw Sugar Natural Cane Turbinado,500 Count,Pack of 1

Sugar in the Raw / Raw Sugar Natural Cane Turbinado,500 Count,Pack of 1
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Manufacturer: Sugar In The Raw

Sugar In The Raw, 500 Packets 4 LBS,15.4 Ounces

Sugar In The Raw, 500 Packets 4 LBS,15.4 Ounces
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Manufacturer: SGR827749

Sugar In The Raw Turbinado Cane Sugar, Made Using 100% Natural Pure Cane Sugar, 6 lbs (Exp. 2019 or later)

Sugar In The Raw Turbinado Cane Sugar, Made Using 100% Natural Pure Cane Sugar, 6 lbs (Exp. 2019 or later)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Includes 6 lbs. of sugar in bulk in a resealable baker's bag to keep sugar fresh which is perfect for cooking
  • Gluten-Free, non-GMO, vegan, & kosher
  • 100% natural turbinado cane sugar
  • Product of the USA
  • Made in a bakery that may contain milk and tree nuts

Sugar In The Raw, 200 Count (2 Count)

Sugar In The Raw, 200 Count (2 Count)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • A delicious molasses flavor with distinctive golden hue
  • Kosher and vegan certified
  • Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free
  • Perfect for sprinkling over a baked treat or stirring into a beverage
  • Enjoy the sweet moments in life with Sugar In The Raw

Sugar in the Raw Unrefined Sugar - 32 oz - 2 pk

Sugar in the Raw Unrefined Sugar - 32 oz - 2 pk
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • 32 ounce (2)
  • All natural
  • Adds rich taste to coffee and tea

Sugar In the Raw Euro Sticks, 5 grams each, pack of 100

Sugar In the Raw Euro Sticks, 5 grams each, pack of 100
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Sugar in The Raw 5 gram Euro Sticks
  • Pack of 100
  • Gluten Free, Naturally
  • Seller Prepared Multipack, does not arrive in Manufacture package

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