According to Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, kosher consumers must do ample research when purchasing food products with sugar.
First of all, Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon points out that there is a difference between “sugar” and “sugars.” Sugars refer to all types of caloric sweeteners, such as honey and corn sweeteners. On the other hand, sugar refers simply to sugar derived from sugar beets or sugar cane, says Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon. Sugar cane, as described by Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon, is a tropical plant. Sugar cane can grow up to 20 feet high and resembles a bamboo stalk. Rabbi Binyomin Lisbon says that a single stalk of this sugar cane will contain between 12 to 14 percent sucrose, the chemical name for sugar.