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Raw Sugar

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Raw sugar is a product of sugarcane processing. It is the product left after molasses is removed and the sugar crystals are refined. It has a flavor similar to brown sugar. Raw sugar in the U.S. is often refined to remove many nutrients and fiber. Typically raw sugar is not bleached with sulfer dioxide and it remains a light brown color, but it can be to give it whiter appearance. There are three popular types: Demerara sugar, a coarse-textured, dry, raw sugar from the Demerara area of Guyana; Turbinado sugar, a fine-textured moist raw sugar; and Barbados sugar, a raw sugar that has been steam cleaned.[1]

[1] Food.com. Kitchen dictionary: raw sugar. Accessed March 1, 2015 at http://www.food.com/about/raw-sugar-484

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