Want to Know Wednesday: What the Heck is “Vegan Sugar”? Part One

Posted: July 10, 2013 by By The Numb3rs (BTN LLC) in Bariatric Foodie, Bone Char, Healthy Living, Review, Vegan Cane Sugar, Want to Know Wednesday, What the heck is that?
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vegansugarWhen I saw “Vegan Cane Sugar” on a bag of…well…sugar…at Whole Foods, I thought it must have been a joke (or a really cheesy marketing tactic). A handful of people I mentioned this bag to looked at me like I lost my marbles…like a whole jar of ’em.

So, what the heck is “Vegan Sugar”? It’s sugar not refined with bone char.

So, what the heck is “Bone Char”, you ask? A cow filter.

Moo.

Sugar is refined (you know this is true NOT because it’s on the internet, but because the bag says “refined sugar”). Cane sugar is refined through bone char (carbo animalis…animal bones…moo). The bones are torched to temperatures ranging from 752-932 F, “in an oxygen depleted environment” (no O2). The chemical explanations for this process are long and boring, so I’ll give you the SPD version:

  • Bone char is used to remove fluoride from water (and to filter Shark Bait’s tank).
  • It’s known as calcium triphosphate, or tricalcium phosphate – a food additive in items like: table salt, dried milk, egg mixes, sugar products, flours, and cheese products. Keeps them from becoming lumpy
  • It’s used in sugar refining, makes cane sugar white. Cane sugar is not naturally white, it is tan/light brown.
  • Brown sugar is refined sugar with molasses.
  • Confectioner’s sugar is refined sugar with corn starch.
  • Fructose may be refined through bone char, but it’s unlikely.
  • Squirrel.
  • Bone char is also used to refine crude oil to make…wait for it…petroleum jelly.
  • One cow could produce nine pounds of bone char.

Vegan sugar is, according to what I’ve discovered, is not refined by bone char, which lends validity to the “Vegan Cane Sugar” in black print on the bag. In other words, it’s not a joke (or a really cheesy marketing tactic). But I’m left with one very puzzling question:

If cane sugar is naturally tan/light brown, and refined cane sugar is white via bone char (moo), then…why is vegan cane sugar still white? My inquiring mind wants to know, and I’m going to dig a little deeper into this.

Stay tuned for part two…

 

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