A lot has been said and written about the adverse effects of consuming white sugar on a regular basis. All this negative publicity has made it’s darker cousin – brown sugar – look so much better in comparison. However, is there really a difference between the two and is brown sugar, in fact, a better alternative?
Here’s what you need to know. Brown sugar Vs white sugar: What is the difference?
According to Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Rupali Datta, “Both white sugar and brown sugar are similar, nutritionally and also calorie-wise. The only difference lies in the flavour, colour and the process these both go through.” Basically, brown sugar is white sugar with molasses and is considered as raw sugar majorly because it goes through lesser chemical processing as compared to white sugar.
Does less processing make brown sugar a better option? According to Dr. Manisha Arora from Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, white sugar is a pure carbohydrate that further adds fat in the body and causes other problems. Whereas brown sugar is also white sugar with molasses added to it, which makes it brown.
Brown sugar has more liquid and has around 0.25 fewer calories per gram than white sugar. It has slightly less concentrated sweetness with its tiny bit of syrup. Brown sugar contains slightly more minerals than refined white sugar, but only because it contains molasses.
Brown sugar contains 95 per cent sucrose and 5 per cent molasses, which adds a flavour and moistness but has no great nutritional benefits over white sugar.