Raw, White or Brown Sugar?
With so many different types of sugar to choose from in the supermarket, which one should you pick?
Let’s have a closer look at raw, white and brown sugar so you know which one is right for you.
Unrefined raw sugar is made from the juice of the sugarcane plant. Raw sugar has nutritional value because it has the same vitamin and mineral consistency as sugarcane plant juice. Raw sugar is brown because of the presence of molasses.
Refined white sugar is produced in the same manner as raw sugar, but chemicals are added to bleach the sugar and to absorb impurities. Unrefined white sugar is considered to be empty calories because it offers no nutritional value. In addition, refined sugar will elevate blood sugar levels.
Brown sugar is essentially the same as refined white sugar. The difference is that brown sugar has molasses added back into it. Brown sugar comes in different colors depending on the amount of molasses that have been added. Brown sugar, like white sugar, does not have the nutritional content found in raw sugar and consists of sucrose.
It is a big misconception to believe that brown sugar is the same as raw sugar. These two types of sugar are fundamentally different and, sadly, many people choose brown sugar thinking they are consuming raw and natural sugar.
Another misconception to believe is that artificial sweeteners are a healthy alternative to real sugar. These artificial sweeteners are made of chemical ingredients and can potentially have dangerous side effects. Whilst these artificial sweeteners may have been approved by health authorities, this doesn’t mean that these sweeteners don’t carry any health risks.
Raw unrefined sugar is by far the best choice because it is natural and it contains minerals and nutrients. These minerals and nutrients are stripped from refined white sugar and brown sugar. In addition, when sugar is refined and processed, potentially harmful ingredients are added to the sugar. Raw sugar on the other hand does not have these chemicals.
With major health issues such as diabetes and obesity in the western world, it is vital to think very carefully about what type of sugar to use and how much of it. A large amount of sugar in your diet is never a good thing but using white sugar makes matters worse.
Choose natural ways to add sweetness to your life, like raw sugar or honey. These products have nutritional benefits and don’t have a negative effect on your health when consumed in moderation.