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Sugar; when buying

In the UK today here are a few guidelines -

1.Not all sugar is what it appears to be; for example - unless brown sugar says on the packet that it is unrefined, it will be no more than white sugar coated with caramel or molasses. Demerara is now simply a style of sugar

2.In the same way that high-speed steel rollers strip flour of much of its goodness, refined sugar is striped of its character.

3.For this reason, unless you simply need icing or caster sugar for something light, buy unrefined sugar whenever you can afford to spend a little extra. They are simply cane juice that"s been separated and crystallised.

4.Mauritius is now home to the worlds" best cane sugars, partly because the volcanic soil is rich in minerals, and partly because the family firm of Billingtons, who have been quietly producing top quality sugar for over 130 years, persuaded the Mauritians to sell unrefined sugar - guaranteeing that they would buy all they produced. Parts of the the island are well on their way to becoming organic.

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