Up until now, I had been buying what I thought was unrefined, less-processed organic sugar at $.79 a pound from C*stco. Regular Wal-Mart white sugar is more like $.29 a pound. Then, I read an article by Sally Fallon (related to the Weston A. Price Foundation) which said that those ones you buy like "Sugar in the Raw" and "Cane Crystals" and what-not are all just regular white sugar with a spot of molasses poured back in to make it look browner and "healthier." Basically, they're just dyed white, refined sugar. She advocated (if you use sugar at all) using a product called "Rapadura" which is actually unrefined cane sugar. You can read about it here. However, it costs $6 a POUND. We used it mostly up in my birthday cake....which is a hard thing to take. I don't think that's a luxury we can afford, if that's the only healthy way to consume sugar.
Yesterday, I bought my first 5 pound bag of wal-Mart white sugar in 3 years. :( It looks so.....evil and glowing-ly white sitting in my glass canister on the counter. My teeth start to feel gritty and ache a little just when I look at it!!
At any rate...
I need to know what's what in the sugar world. I know random facts about sugar....and I know there are a lot of expensive and not-so-expensive options to sugar....but I'm not sure which way to go, yet. I'm not totally ready to give up sugar, either. Especially not with my new ice cream maker. :)
Tell me what you use in your kitchen, why you use it, and how you feel about it in terms of your family's health.