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Brown Sugar Myth: Is It Really Better Than White Sugar?

Brown Sugar Myth: Is It Really Better Than White Sugar?

| On 23, Sep 2017

We used to hear that if you wanted to lose weight we should replace white sugar with the brown one. Is it really that way? Is brown sugar the healthier choice and the better for people who wanted to lose weight?

The Composition

When I was a kid, I used to believe that brown sugar is a raw white sugar. It will only be washed to have the refined one. As I grow up, I used to prove that my theories are wrong.

Molasses are added to refined sugar to make it darker, which will result in brown sugar. Molasses are those dark thick liquid that remains after sugar was extracted from sugar cane or sugar beet juice.

This is done to bring back some vitamins and minerals from the raw materials such as magnesium, potassium, iron, and much more. You are probably thinking that it’s one point for the brown.

But, the process of making the juice into sugar involves boiling until the water evaporates, crystallizing, removing the color, and straining. There are some companies that require bleaching in order to achieve the perfect white sugar. So, returning the molasses with bleaching chemicals is not also as good as what we thought.

The Calories

It has been noted that for you cut down calories use brown sugar instead of white in drinking coffee, tea, and other enjoyable drink. Well, is it true?

According to the USDA Food Composition Databases, a teaspoon of brown sugar contains 17 calories while a teaspoon of white sugar contains 16 calories. So, if you are dieting and thinking about changing your sugar type, then you are misinformed.

What are the Alternatives?

If you are into calorie cutting to lose some weight, I recommend you use honey, coco sugar, muscovado and my favorite, stevia. However, they also contains calories, so cutting down the sweet intake is the best choice.

Learn more the author of this post:

Ringo

I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I’ve been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.

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