October 14 is National Real Sugar Day to we celebrate the people who harvest sugar crops, plus learn how to balance sugar into a healthy diet.


We dedicate an entire day to celebrating the gold standard of sweetness on National Real Sugar Day. Real Sugar not only provides food with amazing flavor, aroma, color, and texture, it is also available to anyone who wants to make their life a little sweeter.

What is real sugar? Also known as raw sugar, real sugar is derived from sugar cane and sugar beats. The process of removing the molasses from the sugar is what makes sugar white. White sugar is what we refer to as table sugar. Interestingly, keeping or adding molasses to real sugar also results in creating brown sugar.

Simply Sugar

In a March 2021 survey, 1,500 U.S. consumers were asked to name any ingredients that makes food or beverages more enjoyable to eat or drink. Sugar was listed most frequently. Imagine how some foods would taste if they didn’t contain sugar. Luckily, there is more than on place to get real sugar besides sugar cane and beets. You can also find real sugar in:

  • Raw honey
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Pure agave
  • Fresh fruit

Is sugar is bad for you? Like most things, sugar can be bad for you if not eaten in moderation. However, consuming real sugar can actually provide some health benefits. For example, when your body lacks serotonin, you often feel tired or sluggish. Real sugar creates serotonin, the feel-good hormone that helps raise your mood. In addition, eating some sugar helps your body manage stress and provides your body with energy to burn calories. The next time you feel a little out of sorts or need a quick mood booster, eat a little real sugar.


  • Bake or cook something with real sugar and share with your family and friends.
  • Visit a sugar beet or sugar cane harvest to learn how sugar cane is processed. 
  • Share your favorite sweet recipe.
  • Host a baking day with your friends to make all of your favorite sweet treats.
  • Teach your class about where real sugar comes from.
  • Support your locate sugar farmers.
  • Share your real sugar creations on social media by posting photos and tagging #NationalRealSugarDay.


In 2022, National Day Calendar welcomed the Sugar Association, Inc. to the National Day Calendar Founder Family. National Real Sugar Day was born to be celebrated each year on October 14.

The Sugar Association consists of 14 member companies across 17 states that proudly grow, extract, and deliver the real sugar to the American public.

The Sweet History of Sugar

Sugar has been around for thousands of years and is one of the oldest commodities in the world. The earliest records of domestication of sugar cane dates back to 8000 BC in Papua New Guinea, where the indigenous people chewed it raw. From there, it spread across the globe. 

Sugar was crystallized in India for the first time around 350 CE. During this time, sugar was used to treat indigestion and stomach ailments by both Roman and Greek civilizations. Between 640-900 CE, the Chinese began developing cultivation techniques to grow and harvest sugar. However, the export of sugar would not reach Europe until around 1101 CE.

As the sugar industry grew, so did the invention of sugar cane presses to extract sugar more easily. In 1550, over 3,000 sugar mills were open in the Caribbean and South America. By 1751, sugar cane would enter Louisiana, making it the final sugar colony in the U.S. However, the discovery of beet sugar by German chemist Andreas Marggraf in 1747 would not reach the U.S. for another 100 years.

In 1890, the first commercial sugar beet factories would open in the U.S. Interestingly, the mechanization of sugar cane cultivation began when 16 whole stalk harvesters were successfully used to harvest cane in Louisiana in 1938. Around 1946, machines would cut over 63% of the sugar crop in Louisiana.

Today, real sugar grows from coast to coast and border to border of the United States. In fact, sugar cane is grown in three states: Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. In addition, 11 states grow beats: California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. While it was once so valuable that people kept it locked in a sugar safe, advancements in extracting sugar from plants have made this versatile ingredient available to everyone. 

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