Brown and white sugars are the most used types of sugar. We often hear that brown sugar is more nutritious than white although this belief is not proven. Brown sugar contains water and molasses and is sweeter than the white one. But which of the two has more benefits to your health?
White vs Brown
Raw sugar is derived from sugar canes and looks a little brown at first because of the molasses. Sugar manufacturers produce the white sugar by removing the molasses by bleaching, and this is where white sugar is formed. White sugar can still go back to the brown version by adding molasses to it. The biggest difference in these two sugars is the taste. Since brown has molasses, you can actually taste it in this type of sugar. It is also richer and sweeter with a moist and chunky texture, while white sugar is grainy and dry.
Comparison of Nutritional Values
Many people believe that brown sugar is much healthier and therefore they replace the white one with the brown. When it comes to their nutritional values, they do not differ one from another. When it comes to nutritional values they do not have a big difference. We can say that the white version is the purer type because it is 99,9% sucrose. On the other hand, brown sugar is made up of 97% sucrose. The remaining is allotted to water (2%) and other substances.
A teaspoon of white sugar contains 16 kilocalories. The same amount of brown sugar will give you 17 kilocalories. Although these two don’t differ much in aspect as well as in the sucrose composition, the molasses in brown sugar make it “more nutritious” because of the calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium this type of sugar contains. However, you shouldn’t believe that brown sugar is indeed healthier than the white version version. Actually, the minerals mentioned are only present in very small amounts so your body won’t have the benefits it needs from it.
So which one should you use?
You can choose whether you want to use brown or white sugar depending on the cooking technique you want to accomplish and your personal preference. You may prefer brown sugar because it is richer than white or you can choose the white one for its plainness. However, if you want the healthier option between the two types of sugar, there are not a lot of benefits to get. In fact, you should try to avoid too much consumption of these types of sugar as they can be detrimental to your health.