Since the introduction of our new Sunny Fresco Beverage Guandolo Soda Pop, we have received a lot of feedback and comments. As we all know Sugar and Sodas are in the mainstream nowadays for all the evidence of the adverse health effects.
One of the reasons Sugar is in the mainstream is because you can find it in almost all food products nowadays, Sodas, Juices, sauces, jellies, yogurts, cereal, and the list goes on and on. Trying to avoid Sugar is almost impossible and when people try to look for alternative healthy sweeteners they find several, not so healthy, but we will talk about them in future blogs.
The main question is always, how much sugar this product has? Why does the Guandolo soda pop label say no "Sugar Added", what does this means?
Before we can go into detail, we have to let people know that not all Sugar is White refined Sugar, or Table sugar, as is commonly known, in our 10 years of experience in the food industry as wholesale importers and exporters of food products, we had the chance to export Refined white Sugar from Brazil or ICUMSA 45 as is known in the industry. The ICUMSA color scale is used to measure the grade and quality of the sugar. ICUMSA (International Commission for Uniform Methods of Sugar Analysis). The lower the number ICUMSA 45 means more refined, means more toxics has been added in the refining process, the higher the number, it can go as high as ICUMSA 1200 or more, means less toxics, or less processed sugarcane, and here is one of the main differences between Guandolo Soda Pop and Table Sugar.
Even thou Dehydrated sugarcane juice(Panela), the main ingredient of Guandolo soda pop, is a sweetener, as a result, a type of Sugar, we would like people to understand there are very Real Healthy benefits when you choose to sweeten with Panela (image below) than with Table Sugar, even for Diabetics.
For instance, Panela, unlike sugar, is handmade (ours in Colombia), so in the refining process, there are No chemicals added so it keeps all the mineral salts, amino acids, and vitamins from the sugar cane. Table Sugar or White Sugar has been depleted from its life forces, vitamins, and minerals. In 1975, William Dufty wrote a book about the toxicity of refined sugar called ‘sugar blues’. In his book, Dufty talks about Dr. William Coda Martin’s work about the toxicity of refined sugar adding that "what has left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant. There is no excess for other added carbohydrates."
While Dehydrated sugarcane juice(Panela), contain sugars, those sugars are naturally occurring and unprocessed. Processing table sugar removes almost all of the nutritional benefits. The only part of the plant which remains is simple sugars glucose and sucrose.
Another very important difference between sugar cane juice and table sugar is the glycemic index rating of the two. Comparatively, sugarcane juice has a much lower glycemic index rating. This means that sugarcane juice doesn’t raise blood sugar as much. The result is a more sustained energy release over time and no “sugar crash” when it wears off.
So, is sugar bad for the body? Well, absolutely NOT. In fact, our brain lives on sugar and every cell and every organ in our body uses sugar for energy.
So is Panela better than Refined White Sugar, in our humble opinion, Yes!
Can we drink unlimited bottles of Guandolo Soda pop, NO!
We at Sunny Fresco believe that we as humans can indulge in any of the many pleasures this planet Earth has to offer, like Sugar, but the question always will be the limits, how far can we use a product, so it doesn't cause harm to our health.
We hope this information helps our readers and consumers to stay informed and make better choices when putting anything into our bodies.