When we first started the Feingold diet, I was happy to find that most of your standard baking supplies were in the “any” category of the approved food list. This means that any brand will do as long as they contain the typical (minimal) ingredients. White granulated sugar is one of those items that falls in the “any” category of the approved food list. Powdered sugar and brown sugar are not in the any category, meaning they need to be from the approved list. However it is easy to find approved brands at most of the local stores. So, I honestly found it odd and excessive when I read of other Feingolders in our Facebook support group talking about using organic sugar. That seemed like a waste of money to me when regular old sugar beet granulated sugar was approved and very inexpensive. Well, after gaining a little knowledge along the way, I am now a convert to organic cane sugar. Why? If you read my blog regularly, I know you can guess. Yep, GMO.
This is a difficult one for me since I am a Michigan girl and sugar beets are a big crop in our state. According to http://www.michigansugar.com/about/education/growing.php:
Sugarbeets are an important cash crop for Michigan farmers and also provides jobs and contributes to the local economy. Sugarbeets are grown mostly in the thumb of Michigan and around Saginaw. Michigan Sugar Company is a grower owned cooperative meaning that the growers own the company. The Michigan Sugar Cooperative has approximately 1,250 farmer-members who grow sugarbeets on 175,000 acres of land each year. The sugarbeets are then processed into sugar at factories located in Bay City, Sebewaing, Caro and Croswell.