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nice_dreamz

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I am always trying to find an inexpensive source of "healthy" sugar that I can use daily in my tea or to use in baking. I have a very fixed income and very small food budget.

I just heard about this wesite
http://www.floridacrystals.com

and they sell various kinds of sugars that they make like Demerara sugar and something they call "Florida crystals". Is any of their stuff any good to use?

My local grocery stores have some blocks of stuff that the Spanish people use and buy but I didn't like that when I tried it. I think it was panela or something.
deemccaffrey

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It is difficult to find a "healthy" sugar that is inexpensive.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of the unprocessed types of sugar, they are much more expensive than refined sugars.  That may be incentive to cut down on sugar consumption so that you can buy the best unprocessed sugar and make it last a long time.  It is not advised to consume sugar of any kind daily.  Our bodies are not designed for that.  Stevia is a much better choice for daily consumption.

Florida Crystals is a partially refined sugar.  I do not recommend it.  Coconut sugar, Sucanat, or Unrefined organic whole cane sugar are the only ones that I recommend for occasional use.

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nice_dreamz

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Thank you for your comment I am always curious why "unrefined" or healthy stuff costs more than processed varieties. If they are doing less to the food stuffs during manufacture you'd think it would cost them less and the savings would be passed on to the consumer.
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The reason why processed foods are much cheaper than the healthier version is because they are mass produced and often the crops are subsidized by the government.  In the case of raw and organic forms of sugar, those cost more money to grow and are grown by small farmers who pay high fees for their organic certification.  Processed and refined foods are typically made from ingredients like corn or soy, which are heavily subsidized by the government, meaning government pays the farmers a certain percentage of what it costs them to grow the crops, and therefore the farmers can sell their corn or soy to food companies at a very cheap price.

It's a truly messed up system.  I would love to see that change.  Farmers who want to grow organic should be subsidized for their organic certification and processed food companies should have to pay conventional farmers what it truly costs to grow their crops, including the use of pesticides and herbicides!

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