Not All Sugars Are Created Equal: Refined vs. Unrefined Sugar - Good Life Tea

Not All Sugars Are Created Equal: Refined vs. Unrefined Sugar

by Brit Morse August 11, 2017

Not All Sugars Are Created Equal: Refined vs. Unrefined Sugar

Not All Sugars are Created Equal

Here at Good Life Tea we serve almost all of our teas unsweetened to allow our customers to take control of their own sweetening process. If you do like a little sugar in your tea you should know that not all sugars are created equal, and you may want to consider switching that white table sugar for something more natural.

Refined Sugar

Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that the body converts into glucose which is then used for energy. But did you know t he effects sugar has on your over health depends on the type of sugar you’re eating?

The number one type of sugar you should watch out for is refined sugar. Refined sugar, or white granulated sugar is extremely processed and has little to no nutritional value. Refined sugar comes from processed sugarcane or sugar beets. When sugar is refined and processed there are many harmful ingredients added including phosphoric acid, sulfur dioxide, and formic acid.

Unrefined Sugar and Amber Sugar Crystals

Unrefined or raw sugar retains more of sugar’s natural nutrients, such as calcium, iron and magnesium. In fact it contains roughly eleven calories per teaspoon and has the same vitamin and mineral consistency as the sugarcane plant it comes from. These minerals include phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. If you’re not familiar with unrefined sugar it’s found in honey, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, maple sugar, cane juice, date sugar, fruit and molasses.



We believe that amber sugar crystals are one of the most ideal sweeteners. If you like your tea a little sweeter, there’s no better way to impart delicious notes in your favorite cup. These crystals are sugar in its purest, most unrefined form. An alternative to granulated sugar they’re used to enhance the natural flavors of coffee and tea. Adding sugar crystals will sweeten your tea without distorting its flavor profile. They can also great to bake with and can be used to make a glaze, garnish a dessert, or even be eaten as candy.

Other Alternatives

There are many other sugar alternatives besides amber sugar crystals and it’s important to know the benefits and downsides of each. Splenda, aka sucrose, is calorie-free but about 600 times sweeter than table sugar and may mess with your palate or up cravings. Raw honey contains more carbs and calories per teaspoon than standard sugar but it’s high in minerals and antioxidants. Coconut sugar contains high levels of both antioxidants and vitamin B but can be expensive at more than $6 per pound. Agave nectar won’t spike your blood sugar and contains many nutrients but has more calories than sugar, and more fructose than high-fructose corn syrup.

So what is our advice to you? If you like sweet tea find a sweetener that works for you, one that offers both the taste you like and the nutrients your body craves. And remember, if possible, keep it natural.

Brit Morse
Brit Morse



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