The liquid, now a dark grayish-green color, is heated to its boiling point, and chemicals are added to remove impurities. Next, the juice is placed in huge tanks to evaporate, leaving a thick syrup. This syrup is heated to remove more and more water until crystals form. These crystals must be separated from the syrup, so they are put into a centrifuge machine which spins it around rapidly.
The sugar which is left inside the machine’s cylinders is called raw sugar. In this form, the sugar has uses to some manufacturers, but to make it suitable for food, it must go to a refinery. There, it is dissolved, treated with chemicals, filtered, crystalized once more, and allowed to solidify, this time into pure white sugar.
Beet sugar is produced much the same way as cane sugar. The beets are sliced and soaked with chemicals to form a sugary syrup. This syrup is also filtered and evaporated until it, too, becomes pure white sugar.”
Okay now let’s focus on what chemicals are used in refined sugar:
Sulfur Dioxide- this is the chemical they use to bleach the sugar white. SO2 is a TOXIC gas. It is often found in the form of ummm… yeah, ACID RAIN.
Phosphoric Acid- They add this to the sugar while it is still a liquid to remove any impurities (ha). Phosphoric Acid is also found in sodas, and is proven to be as bad on your teeth as battery acid. You can also use it to remove rust.
Calcium Hydroxide-Calcium hydroxide is a poisonous white powder (like cocaine?) that can cause many adverse effects when ingested in significant quantities. These include vision loss, severe throat pain, severe skin and eye irritation, bloody stool, vomiting, low blood pressure, organ damage, breathing difficulty and tissue necrosis. This is also used in making cement and mortar.
Polyacrylamides-A newer method for clarifying cane sugar into white table sugar involves using anionic inorganic colloids. These chemicals, also known as polyacrylamides, are a product of acrylamide, a known neurotoxin. These can damage male reproductive glands and sweat glands. They are eye and skin irritants that can also cause urinary incontinence, myalgia, speech disorders, nausea, sweating, numbness and many other symptoms, including feeling "pins and needles" throughout the body.
As a mother, I just cannot feel good about putting this into my child. This is NOT what God gave us. It is our job as parents to ensure that our children are protected from ALL harm. You wouldn’t allow your child to drink battery acid would you, of course not! I am not suggesting that you remove all sugar from your child’s diet, although that would be ideal. Sugar is a drug to our bodies, when we remove it there are actual withdrawals. Headaches are the most reported symptom of sugar withdrawals. Try first removing or cutting drastically back on the white refined sugar they consume through their drinks. I was absolutely shocked at these stats:
Can of Coke - 39g
Juicy Juice - 28g
Chocolate Milk - 24g
Orange Juice - 20.8
Sweet Tea - 19g
Fruit Punch Capri Sun- 18g
Milk - 13g
Almond Milk - 7g
Water – None!
All of these values are for 8 fluid ounces. When I saw these numbers I was speechless. I am just as guilty as any parent of giving my child too much sugar, even as hard as I try to avoid it. My son drinks a lot, he always has a cup. In a typical day he would have… Milk13g
Sweet Tea (we ARE southern)
19g Milk 13g
That is 114 grams of sugar in liquids alone, for a 1 year old. And I don’t FEED him sugar. There are going to be some changes in our household this week. I am removing the milk, and I am going to replace it with raw milk. Straight from the cow! No bleaching, no adding sugar, no screwing with it at all. Instead of “juice” from the store, I will be making him fruit flavored water at home. And we are going to start drinking tea sweetened with only raw honey. Living in the south I think that we have easier access to the raw goodies, but you can find them in health/whole food stores all across the country. And please, for the love of all that is good, DO NOT REPLACE SUGAR WITH ARTIFICAL SWEETNER. I will hit on that some other time. Honestly there are not many alternatives to these sugary drinks. You have water, raw milk, unsweetened tea, and homemade juice. These are the things that God gave us. I assure you they are all we need. Over the next few days I will be posting some of my favorite sugarless drink concoctions in the recipes section so please check back.
Y’all have a sweet day! ;)