Raw sugar or turbinado comes from the initial pressings of sugar cane, which is a member of the grass family and grown in over 100 countries. Because there is very little processing, the sugar crystals are coarser than refined sugar, darker in color and have a molasses taste. Since the sugar is kept in its natural state and the only processing it goes through is the natural evaporating process, it is ideal for vegans (*bone char is used to produce the white color of table sugar).
Unlike white sugar, turbinado contains most of the nutrients found in the growing sugar cane in trace amounts. These include niacin, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Raw sugar provides glucose to the body which is then burned by muscles to provide the body with natural energy. This helps improve the taste of food and gives athletes an extra boost.