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Brown sugar vs white sugar: What’s better?

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Brown sugar vs white sugar: What’s better?

Dt. Saira Khan 05 Apr 2020 327 Views

“I only have brown sugar you see. I am watching my weight!!!” Have you ever heard this?

I am sure most of you must have heard it. But is it really true? Does brown sugar have lesser calories than white sugar?

Sugar is a natural ingredient that has been part of the human diet for thousands of years. While there are many types of sugars, “brown” and “white” sugars are among the most popular varieties.

They are produced differently, hence their colour and taste differs. The most notable nutritional difference between the two is that brown sugar has slightly higher calcium, iron, and potassium contents than white sugar. However, the calories are almost the same!!

So, brown or white… both will eventually add on to your weight!!

Sugar is produced in tropical climates where sugarcane or sugar beet plants grow. Both plants undergo a similar process to produce sugar. However, the methods used to make it into brown and white sugars are different. The sugary juice from both crops is extracted, purified, and heated to form a brown concentrated syrup called molasses. White sugar is then further processed to remove any excess molasses and create smaller crystals. Subsequently, it’s run through a filtration system that’s often made with bone char, or crushed animal bones, to form white sugar. If you didn’t already know about it, white sugar is not vegan!!

Furthermore, Sulphur is very commonly used to remove impurities from white sugar, and as a result a small amount of Sulphur is still present in sugar, which is very hazardous for health.

So, white sugar is not vegan and even has Sulphur! No doubt it is white poison…!

Brown sugar has minerals including calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

White sugar, on the other hand is deprived of all these minerals, making the brown variant a slightly healthier alternative for day to day use.

Brown sugar also contains slightly fewer calories than white sugar. One teaspoon of brown sugar provides 15 calories while white sugar provides 20 calories. Their main differences are their taste and color.

So, yes. Brown sugar is still better than white sugar. But, unfortunately a lot of adulteration is done with brown sugar. Sometimes, white sugar with brown colour sprinkled on it is passed on as brown sugar! So be careful where you buy it from.

Sugar is thought to be a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic and major cause of diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s recommended to limit your daily intake of sugar, as eating too much may harm your health. In fact, all types of sugar should be limited for optimal health.

So, even if you are adding brown sugar to your recipe, you are adding the same amount of calories that you would have added by including white sugar. Moderation is the key.

I hope this blog was useful in clearing out your myths about brown sugar!!!

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