Granulated sugar from sugar cane or sugar beet is naturally white - no bleaching agent is added at any time during the purification process. Instead, the process of refining or "purification" removes impurities so that sugar consumed in Canada meets government health and safety regulations. 

In this section you can explore the many steps in cane sugar refining and sugar beet processing that result in the production of pure sugar crystals and important by-products. The sugar (pure sucrose) from sugar cane and sugar beet is exactly the same and has many important functions in both foods as well as some surprising non-food uses!