Time for the first of many post for a new weekly blog segment entitled; “Which is Healthier?” where I will be comparing two food products and discuss which one is healthier amongst the two. This week…it is a battle between white sugar and brown sugar! Are they exactly the same or does one of them beat out the other in regards to health and nutritional value? Keep reading to find out!
The Difference Between White Sugar and Brown Sugar
Now let’s get straight to the point…The only difference between brown sugar and white sugar is the addition of molasses in brown sugar, which of course gives it its color and taste. You can actually make brown sugar yourself at home by just adding about one teaspoon of molasses to one cup of white sugar and massaging it in until mixed.
Note: The Darker the brown sugar, the more molasses content it has
Which is Healthier Then?
The only way that brown sugar could be healthier than white sugar would be if there were any health benefits that come directly from consuming molasses. You may be surprised to hear that, in fact, molasses does have a rather high nutritional benefit. In fact, there was a study completed back in 2009 and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, which compared the antioxidant levels of a variety of different sweeteners. Among such other sweeteners as regular table sugar, honey, maple syrup, and agave, both date sugar and molasses were at the top of the list for antioxidant content with date sugar outshining all the rest. It was in this study that molasses was proven to have such a high antioxidant content that it was determined to be one of only two sweeteners that could be considered “health-promoting .” The high antioxidant content of molasses does cause brown sugar to then be slightly healthier than plain old white table sugar.
The high antioxidant content of molasses does cause brown sugar to then be slightly healthier than plain old white table sugar.
However, depending on your taste preferences and your desire and motivation to eat healthier, your best option would be to skip out on both the white and brown sugar and use another sweetener, such as date-based sweeteners or molasses, that are actually health promoting themselves. When using brown sugar, the amount of molasses you are getting is quite minimal and you are still primarily consuming processed, white sugar. If instead, you chose to use something like date sugar or date syrup, you would be getting the maximum amount of nutrition and the same amount of sweetness as using brown or even white sugar.
You can find a ton of different date sugars and syrups on the market and I highly suggest trying them out. My favorite is from a company called The Date Lady that is very good and made only from pure organic dates. You can order it on Amazon here. Also, date syrup and sugar have a very nice caramel taste similar but actually better than, brown sugar. For more options, just Click Here to Search Date Sugar on Amazon.
A Final Note
If you are trying to lose weight, any form of sugar, even those with a decent amount of nutritional value, should be avoided whenever possible. But if you really need that little bit of sweetness in your coffee or tea, try out a sweetener that is as close to being good for you and healthy as you can get.
Now I want to hear from you! What are your go-to sweeteners and have you or would you consider trying a healthier alternative such as Date Sugar? Are you planning on switching up your sweeteners or maybe trying to incorporate more molasses and/or dates into your diet? If so, please leave a comment below with any questions or comments you have or your experiences in general, positive or negative.
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