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Sugar – it really isn’t the devil!

OK, sugar, along with salt and fat has become everyone’s favourite ingredient to demonise, but it is no different to any other product, don’t have too much, it really is that simple. Going back to one of our previous blogs ‘ice cream is a sweet treat,’ and not something that you should be having all […]

OK, sugar, along with salt and fat has become everyone’s favourite ingredient to demonise, but it is no different to any other product, don’t have too much, it really is that simple.
Going back to one of our previous blogs ‘ice cream is a sweet treat,’ and not something that you should be having all the time, but sugar is an integral part of the product and manufacturers that make claims of reduced sugar, sugar free etc. should be scrutinised. Sugar is a flavour or an enhancer, but necessary to make the product taste fantastic, the problem comes when too much is added or replaced with something else. It is a natural sweetener and not created in a lab like a lot of replacements.
Our philosophy is to treat sugar in the same way as any other ingredient as being an integral part of the mix. Look where it comes in the ingredient list, the largest ingredient should always come first, and make a judgment from there.
Sugar is a relatively cheap ingredient but an addictive one and, unfortunately, many manufacturers over the years have used it to ‘improve’ their product cheaply as well as increasing the price.
Here at Woodlands we use natural cane sugar and in the ‘appropriate’ quantities to counter and enhance the other ingredients,
Next time we’ll look at skimmed milk powder, a controversial one, but, again an integral part of the mix.

Richard Done.

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