Positive Aspects of Cane Sugar and Sugar Cane Derived Products in Food and Nutrition

J Agric Food Chem. 2018 Apr 25;66(16):4007-4012. doi: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b05734. Epub 2018 Apr 10.


Recently, as previously for fat and protein, there has been negative discussion about carbohydrate, including blaming it for the rise of obesity and related metabolic conditions, even though overconsumption and sedentary lifestyles are more defined contributors. In many parts of the world, natural sugar (sucrose) from sugar cane is the main dietary source of carbohydrate. Considerable misinformation about sugar is in the public domain with the average consumer being unaware of (i) the critical need of body cells, particularly brain cells, for sugar to function, (ii) the multitude of functionalities other than sweetening that sugar imparts, and (iii) micronutrients delivered with many sugar products.

Keywords: commercial sugars; nutrition; phenolics; specialty cane products; sugar cane.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Micronutrients / analysis
  • Micronutrients / metabolism
  • Nutritive Value
  • Saccharum / chemistry
  • Saccharum / metabolism*
  • Sucrose / metabolism*
  • Sweetening Agents / analysis
  • Sweetening Agents / metabolism


  • Micronutrients
  • Sweetening Agents
  • Sucrose