“White sugar is bad, use brown sugar, it is healthy”. We almost hear this thing whenever we eat more white sugar and people advised us to replace white sugar with brown sugar.
Before we understand which one is healthy, let us first understand how white sugar and brown is made.
Both White Sugar and brown sugar is made from sugarcanes or beetroot canes. Juice from the cane is extracted first than it is boiled and made a thick paste and then it is dried out, that is brown in colour, and that is jaggery, which we commonly call “gur”. When it is made in crystal form, it is called brown sugar which is raw sugar.
It further undergoes a refining process, and finally comes out as white sugar. The refining removes the molasses.
Molasses is a viscous product resulting from refining sugarcane or beetroot canes into sugar.
So the difference between the two is that brown sugar contains slightly more minerals than refined white sugar, because of the molasses content.
While it does contain some amount of zinc, potassium, iron and magnesium, the amounts are too tiny to reflect any real health benefits.
But still, it is preferred than white sugar because white sugar is nothing but only empty calories.
However, there is no much difference between the two in terms of nutritional value. It’s going to spike your insulin in the same way.
Now the question is should you switch from white to brown sugar?
No. You don’t have to switch it. Until and unless you like the flavour and colour of brown sugar.
Other than that it’s the same thing, white sugar or brown.
But, what you should note is the fact that your calories are coming not from only white sugar, but also it is coming from other foods which contain sugar, like biscuits, fruits, chocolates, and other sugary junks foods.
Now the thing is, if you are consuming a lot of sugar, whether white sugar or brown if and you are not involved in any kind of physical activity then it will be stored as fat in your body but if you workout, you will sweat out, and your body will burn that sugar in the form of energy.
Overdosing of white sugar/brown sugar leads to problems like:-
- Increased risk of type 2 diabetes
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of cancer
- Can lead to fatty liver
Hence the bottom line is, consuming sugar in moderation is perfectly healthy.
But excessive use of white sugar/brown sugar or sweetened foods and beverages has many negative health benefits.
Both white and brown sugar should be used in the same way and both should be consumed in moderation.
If you are overweight or diabetic, then you should be very careful, and you should avoid sugar as much as possible.
– Sukanya Nath