You might have heard that brown sugar is better for you. But, brown sugar may contain slightly more essential nutrients than white sugar, it isn’t necessarily healthy.

Is Brown Sugar Really Healthier than White Sugar?

lump-sugarFirst of all, it’s not. White sugar is carbohydrates, which turn to fat as well as cause other problems. Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added to make it brown. Otherwise it’s the same as white sugar.

What is Brown Sugar?

While white sugar only contains sugar crystals, brown sugar is made from sugar crystals and molasses. Regular brown sugar contains up to 12% molasses, usually derived from sugar cane. Brown sugar is also called raw sugar.  Therefore, brown sugar can hold its shape like wet sand, while white sugar cannot.

What is the Difference Between Brown and White sugar?

It’s all down to taste preferences. Other than that, there is no difference between them. There is no health benefit to using brown sugar, that is just a myth. The nutrients that are provided by the molasses are of minuscule amounts to make any difference.  Raw sugar is 96% pure, the rest is molasses (still containing minerals), while white sugar is pure calories (4 calories per gram). The main difference between raw (brown) sugar and white sugar is that brown hasn’t completely been refined.

sugarIf you want “healthy” sugar keep it in the sugar container, and not in your body, or your food. And you already get more sugar than you need. All around you is sugar! See that Cola? Sugar! See that pasta? Sugar! See that potato chips? Sugar, fat and salt! Alcohol? Sugar! Fresh fruit? Sugar and some healthy stuff!

Check the ingredients list, and do yourself favor. If it lists sucrose, fructose, glucose, dextrose, or any carbohydrates, it’s SUGAR!