By: Irene Tria, Vigorbuddy
Sugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Simple sugars are called monosacharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose and galactose.
Sugars are found in the tissues of most plants, but are present in sufficient concentrations for efficient extraction only in sugarcane and sugar beet.
Sugarcanes vs Sugar beets
Sugarcanes are large stalks that grow above ground in warm and tropical climates, according to Purdue University. The cane is harvested by burning the leaves from the stalks, then cutting the stalks down. The cane is then taken to a refinery, chopped and crushed to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice is filtered and then water is removed in an evaporator, leaving a thickened cane syrup. The syrup is heated and crystals start to form. Crystals — which will become white table sugar — are separated from the remaining liquid — which will become molasses. Molasses is added back into the refined sugar to produce brown sugar. But to make white sugar, the crystals is heated one last time and then bleached with a chemical agent to make them white.
While sugar beets grow underground and are harvested and processed differently, explains Purdue University. After being removed from the ground, they are washed, sliced and then put into a diffuser. In the diffuser, water helps extract raw sugar juice; then the slices are squeezed to remove any remaining juice. Calcium hydroxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide are added to create crystals and lower the pH of the sugar juice. Then much of the chemicals are filtered out. The juice is boiled to help separate molasses, water and sugar crystals, then the crystals are dried and ready for use.
Therefore, added sugars contribute to weight gain, which leads to obesity. Obesity raises your risk of a number of serious health problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Remember that 4 grams of sugar is 1 teaspoon; when you read the nutritional facts for a 20-ounce soda that contains 65 grams of sugar, that’s just over 16 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine eating 16 teaspoons of white table sugar — 260 empty calories that don’t provide any nutrients. In moderation, sugar can be part of a healthy diet, but the majority of your calories should come from complex carbohydrates — vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legume — lean proteins and healthy unsaturated fats, as recommended by the USDA Dietary Guidelines 2010.
That is why, stay-at-home mom and baker at the same time Mommy Amy Fetizanan prefers sugar beets as an alternative source of sugar when it comes to her lip-smacking, mouth-watering and delectable nutritious cakes.
Having history of diabetes in the family made Mommy Amy so conscious of what food to serve. If its healthy or not. But it breaks her heart seeing her loved ones being deprived with these sweet indulging desserts.
“I want to create this product because I want to help out those people who want to eat desserts but unfortunately unallowed because of their condition.”
One of her inspiration to create a sugar-free/guilt-free chocolate cake is her mother-in-law who passed away because of diabetes. Mommy Amy remembered how her mother-in-law would crave for sweets, but she can’t have one. Through research and unending trial and error to perfect her healthy creation, she was able to create her very own sugar-free Ampalaya Chocolate Cake.
The chocolaty taste is really devilishy good without the bitter-taste of Ampalaya. You wouldn’t even know that it’s the highlight ingredient.
Aside from the indulging Choco Ampalaya Delight Cake, she has also created variety of sugar-free cakes that kids will surely love and all the adult who are on watch of their sugar intake.
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