I stumbled upon a new nutritive sugar last week that is non-GMO, unrefined, and minimally processed. It’s called Morena Pure Cane Sugar and I found it in the sugar aisle of Lowe’s Food right beside Sugar in the Raw Turbinado Sugar. The bright green and white box caught my eye, it was a great price, and the ingredient list was simple (raw sugar) – so I tossed a box in my cart. A box of 100 packets was on sale for $1.89 (regularly $2.19) and a 4-lb bag is $3.29. As a comparison, a 25 packet box of Sugar in Raw costs $0.99 in Lowe’s Food.
Nutritive sweeteners vs. alternative sweeteners
When I add sweetener to my coffee or cereal, I add the real thing – raw sugar, honey, agave or brown sugar even though they have calories. I don’t eat the artificial stuff in the yellow, pink, or blue packets which are much sweeter than nutritive sweeteners. I don’t care that alternative sweeteners have zero calories. I’m more concerned with reducing the number of chemicals going into my body. Calories…I can control, harmful chemicals…I cannot.
Cut chemicals not calories
Our food culture has evolved to a point where most people fear calories more than chemicals. People slurp on diet sodas all day, pour packet after packet of Splenda and Equal into their tea and coffee and fill their shopping carts with fat-free products because they’re convinced that calories are bad. And even worse, deep down they believe that eating these products will help them keep their weight down – despite the fact that the rest of their diet is terrible. As a result, we continue to give these man-made foods first class access to our precious cells, tissues and organs without even a glimpse at the long list of potentially harmful, unpronounceable chemicals that are added to make fat-free foods edible. Don’t fall for the hype! Know what’s in your food and what it really does for your body.
If you come across a food ingredient that you don’t recognize, look it up on Chemical Cuisine.com (or download the free mobile app) to see if it’s safe to eat or if you should avoid it like the plaque.
Morena Sugar Review
Minimally processed food products usually contain a very short list of simple, easily pronounceable ingredients that you would have found in your great grandma’s kitchen 100 years ago. The only ingredient listed in Morena is 100% pure cane sugar. Morena comes in bags as well as, individual single serve packets although buying in bulk is a greener option. A serving size is 1 teaspoon and contains 16 calories. Morena can be substituted cup-for-cup for white sugar. My vegan readers will love that Morena doesn’t contain any bone char which is common in some sugars.
I’ll be adding Morena to my repertoire of sugars because it tastes great, isn’t artificial and costs less than most other pure cane sugar brands.