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Why is raw sugar expensive? #4963192 12/28/18 07:55 AM
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Isn't raw sugar unrefined sugar? This suggests it is cheaper to produce by bypassing a processing step. So why is it more expensive?

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My guess is low volume of distribution & marketing ?


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Volumes.....it's always cheaper to buy the standard product. Raw sugar sells so little its hardly worth carrying for the retailer.

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Simple economics, processed sugar is sold in massive quantities while raw not as much.

Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963199 12/28/18 08:00 AM
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As a followup, how is raw sugar different from brown sugar?

Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963209 12/28/18 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Kestas
As a followup, how is raw sugar different from brown sugar?


Grocery store brown sugar is refined sugar with molasses added.

Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963239 12/28/18 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Kestas
Isn't raw sugar unrefined sugar? This suggests it is cheaper to produce by bypassing a processing step. So why is it more expensive?

Why do you want "raw sugar". It's just as bad for you as refined. It's not like rice or wheat where the raw version have the fiber and minerals still in them.

Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963257 12/28/18 08:50 AM
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Yes, what is the difference between raw sugar and light brown sugar where the molasses is added back in?

And as everyone has already pointed out, any product outside of the "normal" is going to cost more, especially when the refining process removes something of value which can be sold elsewhere.


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Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963277 12/28/18 09:17 AM
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Low demand.


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Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963294 12/28/18 09:40 AM
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I personally suspect it has more to do with marketing than it does anything else, and secondly, very low demand.

Interesting article on sugar.

https://abcnews.go.com/2020/story?id=1658232&page=1


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Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963313 12/28/18 10:20 AM
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It's not special "organic" stuff if it's cheap. People think things are better if they're more expensive.


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Sugar is refined to clean it. Sugar is an agricultural product. It comes from the field with dirt, debris and lots of insects. The best way to clean the undesirable stuff out is to purify it completely.

The stuff we buy as 'Raw Sugar' is just a lighter version of brown sugar with a larger crystal size. It has additional processing steps to make it look "natural", not fewer.

It does have one advantage. The paper packets of 'raw sugar' tend to have more sugar per packet, resulting in less wasted paper for the same sweetness. When someone says that it tastes better, that's what they are experiencing.

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Is the raw sugar non gmo?

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is it beet or cane sugar?


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Re: Why is raw sugar expensive? [Re: Kestas] #4963388 12/28/18 12:00 PM
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BHopkins, thanks for the article. It mentions there are no health benefits to using raw sugar over refined sugar. It also states the raw sugar is slightly less refined.

I ask because I see health nuts go ape over these things. I think people are crazy spending excess amounts of money for no real gain in nutrition.

I also see the same thing with salts. (Shall I start a new topic?) I've analyzed (using energy dispersive spectroscopy) some salts for their mineral content and see no appreciable difference in elemental makeup. Only tiny traces of a few other elements, which are likely overshadowed by these same elements present in our food in much more massive amounts.

It makes my head spin when health nuts start talking about healthy this and healthy that. I've even seen them poo-poo grapefruit, salmon, and other foods because of too much this and too much that in the foods.

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