Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Is "Pure Sugar" a contradiction in terms?

I was in the store the other day, and I was trying to find some "Pure Cane Sugar" like they had in the good old days. I like to make my own "Maple Syrup" with cane sugar and a little pure maple flavoring. I know, sugar in any form is not good, but I still like a little of something sweet on my French toast or pancakes. The syrup that I have been making lately turn to sugar crystals as soon as it cools. I suspected that something has changed but I didn’t know what, so I checked the bag and all it said was “Contents, Sugar”.

I went to the store and that is all that I can find; “contents sugar.” If been told that high-fructuous corn sugar is bad and it plugs up your blood cells to the point that a Halloween Vampire doesn’t even want your blood. It makes you hungry and fat, and bad luck befalls you.

So, is bag sugar high fructuous corn sugar or is it the good stuff?


Anonymous said...

Is "Pure Surar" a contradiction in terms?

maybe not, but a misspelling probably.

spyrock said...

the kind of sugar that i think would work best in making what you want is pure cane sugar. if it doesn't say pure cane sugar then it probably isn't. they used to make sugar out of beets about 40 miles from where i lived. there were railcar after railcar of sugar beets around there and it was right by a huge stock yard full of cattle. the place stunk for years.
it's all gone now.
the last place i saw some sugar cubes like those was in a basket on a little table as you walked in the door of the fillmore auditorium
with a sign that said "take one" back in the spring of 66. they used to ask the same question back then, was that stuff pure?
well, if you can see france in your french toast, it probably is.

Robin Shelley said...

Use refined sugar.

Anonymous said...

Drink Jones Soda. Pure Cane Sugar.

Anonymous said... - ERE

Ernie Branscomb said...

Thanks to Anon, this is why cane sugar is better.

Ernie Branscomb said...

From Wicapedia:

"soft drinks sweetened with High fructous corn syrup (HFCS) are up to 10 times richer in harmful carbonyl compounds, such as methylglyoxal, than a diet soft drink control. Carbonyl compounds are elevated in people with diabetes and are blamed for causing diabetic complications such as foot ulcers and eye and nerve damage; Furthermore, a study in mice suggests that fructose increases obesity. Large quantities of fructose stimulate the liver to produce triglycerides, promotes glycation of proteins and induces insulin resistance. According to one study, the average American consumes nearly 70 pounds of HFCS per annum, marking HFCS as a major contributor to the rising rates of obesity in the last generation.

A 2007 study also raised concerns of possible liver damage as a result of HFCS in combination with a high fat diet and a sedentary lifestyle."

Robin Shelley said...

Spy, I've never had the kind of sugar cube you're talking about but I do remember everyone in Laytonville lining up at the elementary school cafeteria to get a "pink dot" of polio vaccine on a sugar cube back in the '60s.

Kym said...

Ernie, don't you think Halloween I s a bad time to be dissing sugar? That's like asking whether Santa is real in December.

spyrock said...

i remember the polio sugar cubes. we had alot of canals and they said that swimming in the canals would give you polio. so we ate the polio sugar cubes. in fact, i used to eat sugar cubes straight when i was a kid. my folks were from the depression and so were their friends. i used to get fruit cakes for presents when i was a kid and chekmix. usually, i would get clothes, i don't think my parents knew that they made toys for kids because they probably never had toys when they grew up. so the davy crocket coonskin cap and little rifle was about the best present i can remember. in fact, my life was alot like that christmas story boy. except i never did try to lick a flagpole in winter. i didn't take the koolaid acid test.
we didn't know what it was and there was hardly anyone there anyway. we went on our way to longshoremans hall and saw creedence clearwater back in the day that night watching fights break out and people taking swigs from little bottles.
so halloween was a big night for me as a kid. i would run from house to house and get the candy because that would be the only time of year that i would get candy because my parents would never buy it for me. unless i went looking for pop bottles and turned them in for 3 cents each, i would have never known what sugar was.