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Any thoughts? That color is a true light tan, I had never seen it in Albertsons before.
deemccaffrey

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This stuff is basically brown sugar, albeit "natural" brown sugar.  Natural brown sugar is produced by partially refining sugar cane extract, whereas most other brown sugar is made by adding molasses to fully refined white sugar.

I did a lot of searching around on the internet to find more info on what this product is.  Even though the package says that it is 100% unrefined and preserves the minerals contained in the sugar cane, I discovered that it is not truly the real deal.

This natural brown sugar is produced by extracting the juice from sugar cane, heating it to evaporate water and crystallize the sugar, then spinning in a centrifuge to remove impurities and further dry the sugar.  This golden colored sugar is sold in different countries under different names.  In the United Kingdom it is typically sold as demerara sugar.  The United Kingdom was the original source of this type of sugar, although most of it is now produced in Mauritius, an island nation off the southeast coast of Africa.

In the United States, a similar sugar is commonly called turbinado sugar, after the centrifuges or turbines in which it is spun.  In the U.S., most turbinado sugar is produced in Hawaii and is often sold as an organic sugar.

A third, somewhat lighter color, type is produced in Mexico under the name Azucar Morena, which is the one you are picturing here.  (A company called ZUKARMEX sells a variety of sugars under the name Zulka ranging from muscovada, morena, refined white sugar, powdered sugar, and organic evaporated cane juice.)

All three types of natural brown sugar are typically paler and drier that what is normally sold as brown sugar, and have larger crystals, particularly turbinado sugar.

Unfortunately, NONE of these types of "natural" brown sugar contain the full amount of minerals in the ratios that exist in the sugar cane. I don't use these types of sugar and do not deem them "processed-free."

The best natural sugar on the market is Rapadura, otherwise called "Organic Raw Whole Cane Sugar."  Its close cousin is Sucanat.  For more info on all the types of sugar on the market, click here to read my article The Truth About Evaporated Cane Juice.

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deemccaffrey

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Just a note about that ingredient list in your picture--if you were to read the ingredient list on a package of C&H Refined White Sugar, you would see the same words "100% Pure Cane Sugar."  That doesn't say much about how it is produced or refined.  You gotta be scrupulous these days, especially with the sugar industry trying to take back control of the market over high fructose corn syrup.

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