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Thank you for your reply regarding my topic dated 7/27 about white whole wheat mixes and using organic cane sugar for baking.

My next question is from what you were saying about recommending rich dark brown sugar with coarse crystals as long as the organic sugars are NOT white or any other color, then you suggested using Rapadura sugar.

I have six questions:

1. If I purchase organic pure cane sugar that says, rich dark brown sugar with coarse crystals on the package, is it considered comparable to purchasing Rapadura sugar? Are they both the same quality sugar?

2. Whether I buy the Rapadura sugar or the rich dark brown, etc. does it still increase your blood sugar and insulin levels like refined sugars do?

3. Does evaporated cane juice increase your blood sugar and insulin levels as well?

4. Recommending the rich dark brown sugar with crystals or the Rapadura sugar, are we actually getting good nutrition from sugar for the first time? Are these sugars actually good for you?

The Florida Crystals brand sugar says under the ingredients label: Organic Evaporated Cane Juice and it also says on the back label that it offers an organic brown sugar, is that the one you are talking about? What brand did you purchase the rich dark brown sugar with coarse crystals?

5. What is your opinion on eating organic bananas? For some reason, a medium size banana contains 20g of sugar compared to other fruits such as an apple or an orange which only contains 4g-7g of sugars but that should NOT be a concern because I read earlier about that the sugars in fruit do NOT increase your blood sugar or insulin levels the way refined table sugars do. Someone once told me that he eats fresh fruit but does not eat bananas, why? The sugars do not have the same affect as eating refined table sugars which is awesome news!

6. Very important question, what about honey or even organic honey, does it increase your blood sugar and insulin levels?



Zachary Knop

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I'm going to answer this question very simply.  Sugar is derived from the juice of sugar cane and sugar beets. Once extracted, the sugar cane or sugar beet juice is processed extensively to produce a white, granulated substance.  At each stage of the refinement process, impurities, along with nutrients, are removed.  Nearly all of the nutrients are removed during the initial stages.  Brown sugar is made by adding molasses to the already completely refined white sugar.


It is important to realize that all of these different types of sugar that are now available for purchase, such as Turbinado, Florida's Crystals, Evaporated Cane Juice, and the notoriously deceptive "Raw" Sugar, have actually already gone through many of the stages of the refinement process.  The decolorization stage happens almost toward the end of the process, therefore these types of sugar ARE NOT healthy and do not contain nutrients.

Truly raw sugar (Rapadura or the very dark brown Sucanat) is produced in the initial stages of white sugar’s manufacturing process. Rapadura is coarse and very dark brown in color. It contains all of the nutrients present in the original sugar cane, therefore it has the ability to nourish and satiate.  Due to the raw nature of this sugar, it is absorbed much more slowly into the blood stream.


Bananas have more sugar than other fruits, that will be true of other fruits and vegetables as well.  Carrots and beets have more sugar than lettuce and cabbage.  Does that mean that we shouldn't eat them?  Of course not, it just means that they have more sugar in them.  If you want more info about the health benefits of bananas, you can listen to my 5-minute podcast by clicking on


All sugars raise blood sugar levels, including honey and even an apple.  The rate at which it does so depends on how it is eaten and in what form.  Honey, like sugar, can be commerically refined, and it is best eaten in a raw, organic form.  Raw honey is solid, not liquid.


What we SHOULD NOT be eating much of is ADDED sugar.  Sugars that are part of a food already, like fruits and vegetables, exist within the framework of that food, with a host of fibers, enzymes, and phytonutrients that work synergystically with each other to help nourish the body and digest the carbohydrates.


As a nation, we need to stop adding sugar to our food and learn to be satisfied with the way nature intended us to eat naturally occurring sugars--as an integral, un-isolated, part of a whole.

Dee McCaffrey
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