Brown sugar is the preference of many, especially for those who want to lose weight. Is it really healthier and more beneficial than white sugar?
It can be heard and reiterated that brown sugar is a better alternative than white sugar. Some, who will pick up a cup of coffee in fast food chains, will ask for the darker sweetener.
Now, is it really true? Read further.
How Are They Made?
Ordinary table sugar is made from the juice of a sugar cane that is crystallized with the use of, none other than, sugar. Yes, you heard it… we needed a few bits of sugar to turn the liquid into tons of sugar.
Usually, sugar processors will cut the process short to create the white ones since they are the most in-demand. To make brown sugar, the molasses, which have been separated in the process were added.
So, basically, brown sugar is white sugar with molasses to make it moister, a little bitter, and suited for baking.
Is It Healthier?
Yes, molasses contain vitamins and minerals so we can say it’s healthier. However, there are some companies that use bleach and other chemicals in order to make the crystals sparkling white. Some of the chemicals added are for industrial use.
Sorry to burst in the bubbles but in terms of calories, there is not much difference. According to Healthline, a teaspoon of brown sugar has 15 calories while white sugar has 16.8 calories. Frustrated? Well, there’s more… since brown sugar has a more bitter taste, you’ll need more to achieve the taste that you wanted.
If you are into watching weight by cutting down your sugar intake, you can use stevia, coconut sap sugar, agave, and many more. If you are into nutrition, you can use the earlier-mentioned alternatives and honey. However, all of them can cause pocket aches.