(NaturalHealth365) Muscovado is the real deal, a top of the line sweetener, which brings the goodness of the sugar cane to our table. Naturally, if we would stop refining nature, we would be able to enjoy greater nutritional benefit from every kind of food – including sweets.
This sweetener has an intense dark brown color, while being substantially coarser and stickier than brown sugar. This is a sugar that gets its flavor and color from the source, which is sugarcane juice. Unlike brown sugars, which are made up of refined white sugar with molasses added, Muscovado sugar has a distinct flavorful taste and is known as the purest form of sugar.
Real sugarcane offers powerful nutrition
Muscovado sugar got its name from the Spanish word mascabado meaning unrefined. Known as the “poor man’s sugar”, because of its coarse texture and unrefined appearance. It is common sweetener in South America and South East Asia, but difficult to find in America.
Sugarcane is a form of grass, which is native to regions with warm to tropical temperatures. Brazil is one of the largest producers of sugarcane – followed by India. It is grown in over 200 countries and the largest producer of sugar cane in the U.S. is Florida.
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As a member of the grass family, its juice has a high potency equivalent to wheatgrass juice, with somewhat less chlorophyll and higher sugar content. Counter to what you would expect – sugarcane juice contains about fifteen percent sugar content, the rest of the juice consists of liquid brimming with an abundance of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, iron and zinc.
In the vitamin department, Muscovado contains vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6 plus a high concentration of phytonutrients including chlorophyll, antioxidants, proteins, soluble fiber and other healthy compounds.
Sugar cane not only has an excellent health profile, but the nutrients work synergistically and sugar cane juice has been studied for its role in fighting cancer, stabilizing sugar levels in diabetics, assisting in weight loss, reducing fevers, preventing tooth decay and promoting good kidney function.
Sugar cane juice hydrates the body quickly and in the tropics that is helpful, as it serves to refresh and energize the body. By supplying instant energy to working muscles it is used to maximize performance in sports and endurance training.
The University of Florida states that sugarcane crops are worth more than the combined value of corn, soybean, tobacco and peanut crops to the sunshine state.
ready to use muscovado sugar retains nutrition
Muscovado sugar maintains the same vitamin and mineral content as the juice it’s made from. A 100 grams of muscovado sugar contains 3.9 mg of phosphorus, 85 mg of calcium, 23 mg of magnesium, 100 mg of potassium and 1.3 mg of iron.
The extraction process of muscovado sugar is simple; the extracted juice from the sugar cane is boiled until it is reduced to 30 percent liquid, which will gradually thicken into a gooey consistency. This will then be sundried, and the hardened sugar will be pounded to produce muscovado sugar granules.
It deliverers the nutrient content without the harsh chemical solutions used to produce white sugar, which undergoes addition heating, filtering and bleaching stages that removes the nutritional content while adding harmful chemicals.
Muscovado stands out from the crowd of sweeteners. It comes from the same source as the overly processed powdered sugar that lines the grocery shelves. Muscovado production leaves a smaller footprint, while maintaining our health.
Muscovado sugar can be found in health food stores and online, it is more expensive than mass produced sweeteners, but is valued for its distinctive taste and nutrients.
About the Author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in Natural Healing including Naturopaths, Scientist, and Energy Healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.