Convert Granulated Sugar to Cane Sugar

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Today, most people consume sugar on a daily basis, and in the long run sugar takes great effect on our health and wellbeing. It is important to eat the right kind of sugar otherwise our health will deteriorate quickly. Granulated sugar is very unhealthy for the environment and society. Obesity kills more people than breast cancer and AIDS combined, obesity being influenced by the consumption of sugar. By converting this common sugar into cane sugar, derived from sugar canes, there will be less harmful effects on the environment and the health of our population.

Granulated sugar has been one of the biggest transformations for society. People consume it on a daily basis and love it! Even better, it is cheap to make! That may be true, however, there are many issues that come with granulated sugar that our society is not completely aware of. Granulated sugar can cause diseases anywhere ranging from tooth decay to schizophrenia, and can cause up to a total of sixteen different issues! Some people do realize the issues that come with granulated sugar, yet cannot get off of the substance. Even some celebrities are dealing with this issue, like Derrick Rose: “Everybody's got their poison, and mine is sugar” (Rose). Cane sugar is also known to have a much sweeter and fulfilling taste than granulated sugar due to the fact it is processed less and it retains its molasses after processing, unlike table sugar. Molasses is what makes the product so sweet and what makes people love sugar so much. Aside from this, cane sugar also has many health benefits. SmartyPants Vitamins states that “Unrefined cane sugar contains 17 amino acids, 11 minerals, and 6 vitamins, including antioxidants that may help reverse oxidative damage.” (SmartyPants Vitamins). Overall, cane sugar can benefit society in a much more positive way than granulated sugar.

Besides affecting all of humankind, granulated sugar takes its toll on the environment. Before I can explain how sugar affects the environment, we need to know how much is being made. Over 145 million tonnes of sugar is being made in about 120 countries, that is a lot of sugar. In order to make sure that we are not harming the environment while making sugar, we need to regulate our sugar consumption. Since we are intaking so much sugar, the industry has expanded and we are destroying animal habitats, wasting water, undergoing heavy use of agro-chemicals, and polluting the world in the process. An example of the effects of sugar growth are natural effects on the environment. In some parts of the Caribbean and South Africa sugar grows on slopes and when harvested causes soil erosions. This can have long lasting effects on the environment, and soon the soil will not be able to use for farming. Another example of the effects of sugar farming are the loss of wildlife. In Santa Cruz, Bolivia, cleaning sugar mills kills millions of fish in the local rivers. Although harvesting these sugars are bad, people are working towards finding new sugar sources, more friendly to the environment. “Today most of our table sugar is made from beets, which don’t yield molasses (or none that you’d want to eat at any rate).” This quote by Joe Pastry is an example of how we are trying to change. Despite these efforts, we need to work harder in order to help society to beat this everlasting race against time. “Industry, consumers and policy makers must work together to make sure that in the future sugar is produced in ways that least harm the environment.” We need more people like ThoughtCo working towards this common goal and protecting the world and environment as a whole along with people. Along with protecting the environment, we also need to consider the science and technology involved in this process.

Granulated sugar is a problem in every way, it takes a lot of resources to produce, it destroys the environment, and has a severe effect on human health. “Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar has the full-bodied taste of sugarcane and is much less processed, retaining a lot of the nutrients present in cane juice.” SmartyPants Vitamins has the same idea here and recognizes that granulated sugar is a problem. "Over time, with no bad intention, we became more and more used to certain sweetness [and] now, we are looking to replace sugar with less sugar and remove calories but keep the same level of sweetness." In light of this statement by Helmer, we need to keep people and the environment happy and healthy. To do this we will need much more technology and scientific advancements. There are many different processes involved in the creation of sugar canes. The main ones are the cleaning process, juice extraction, diffusion, water-removal, and crystallization. Most of the sugar making process revolves around making the syrup and crystallization. After the juice is crushed from the sugar cane, it undergoes a process called vacuum evaporation. Boilers are specifically placed to remove any water and leave the juice into a syrup that is 65% solid and 35% water. For crystallization, the syrup is then again boiled until the syrup is mostly sugar. Grains of sugar added into a pan with the syrup and mixed in a machine until the syrup is absorbed by the grains and turned into crystallized sugar. Because of this long process, many resources are needed to make sugar. We need to find a way to use less electricity and water to make sugar. An example of this initiative is using reusing water that is not needed when pressed out by a roller. This way we can save water. There are other ways of saving resources too, one being using a bigger pot to mix all the sugar. This way we will make more sugar using the same amount of energy, which in the end is less energy per bag of sugar.

In conclusion, there is no doubt that the change from granulated sugar to cane sugar needs to occur. Besides higher prices, there is no reason we should not change the sugar we consume on a daily basis. The main reasons we should change are because of the benefits to society, its effect on the environment, and the toll on our science and technology. Sugar is a product that we consume whenever we eat and we should therefore be aware of the garbage that we are putting into our body. Never choose granulated sugar if you have other options!

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