I always get asked this question by friends and family who have often chosen brown sugar as the healthier alternative. But are they doing the right thing?
Well firstly lets look at the difference. Both brown and white sugar come from sugar cane which is first processed by having its juice removed. This juice is then boiled and filtered to leave sugar crystals. At this point these crystals then undergo a process known as centrifuging (spinning very fast) to separate the crystals (white sugar) and molasses (syrup).
Brown sugar is simply white sugar mixed with molasses. So here is where the confusion occurs…although we know that sugar is bad for us, molasses does contain small amounts of minerals such as magnesium, potassium and calcium which our body uses.
So technically you get more nutritional benefit from brown sugar than white. BUT (sorry there seems to always be a but).. the amount of minerals the brown sugar contains is so little in comparison to the negative affect of the sugar in general that there is no nutritional benefit in having it in your diet.
So the bottom line is ..
- Reduce and avoid all sugar
- If you have a sweet tooth consider artificial sweeteners as an alternative
- You are not being healthy by adding brown sugar to that coffee!
If you would like more information on sugar please do contact me.
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