Nutrition and Labeling - Brown or white sugar

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Joanne M
04-30-2013, 06:55 PM
Which do you think is better to have white or brown sugar?:)

04-30-2013, 07:33 PM
Brown sugar is just white sugar with molasses added. They are both overly processed foods and not particularly "healthy."

04-30-2013, 11:09 PM
I found this:

"The Nutritional Values of White and Brown Sugar

Although many people are of the opinion that brown sugar is a healthier option than white sugar, the truth is that they only have marginally different nutritional values. White sugar is actually 99.9% pure sucrose, while brown sugar is 97% sucrose, 2% water and 1% other substances. A teaspoon of white sugar contains 16 kilocalories, whereas one teaspoon of brown sugar has 17 kilocalories. The molasses in brown sugar contains a number of minerals, which include calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron, but since only very small amounts of these minerals are present in brown sugar, they do not bring any health benefit to the body. It is known that sugar has very little nutrients, and both white sugar and brown sugar do not do much to promote health."

Depending on what you are cooking/eating/drinking you could try using honey. Which also has some downsides but it is marginally healthier but barely.

I like it better only because I feel like a little goes a long way compared to how much sugar I use.

Joanne M
04-30-2013, 11:28 PM
Thank you

05-01-2013, 07:04 AM
Try natural sugars like coconut palm sugar and date sugar.

05-01-2013, 10:08 AM
As far as the effects of sugar (including honey or any other type that is considered natural), to me they are all the same. Some is okay for me, some isn't. I do okay these days with a little of any kind of sugar but none of it is particularly good for me.

But that is just me, we are all different. :wave:

05-11-2013, 03:29 PM
Brown sugar tastes better but I try to go for stevia more often to cut calories. Adding too much stevia can make anything taste pretty gross, though.

05-11-2013, 03:32 PM
I've learned in certain recipes (obviously not all) that I can substitute sugar with natural things instead of sweeteners. I do understand some sweeteners are natural, but I'm just sayin. I've used honey in lieu of sugar in plenty of recipes and it's worked just fine.

I'd still rather not even eat sugar. But as far as taste goes, brown sugar wins in my books.

05-11-2013, 03:35 PM
Ditch sugar.

I was amazed at how quickly my taste adapted.

Velvet bean
01-19-2014, 05:26 PM
Although they have almost the same amount of calories, I always found brown sugar sweeter, so you can use less of it. Is that just me? :)

06-02-2014, 01:37 PM
Try natural sugars like coconut palm sugar and date sugar.

Novus, I just tried coconut palm sugar and that stuff totally ROCKS! Plus it is low in glycemic, which is pretty amazing :)

Yeah, processed sugar is not good for us.