Sugar – White or Brown?

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Brown sugar is better for you than white sugar.

True or False?

False. Most types of brown sugar are simply refined white sugar with a bit of molasses added in. This is pretty ironic, because molasses is actually removed during the refining process.

The fact that molasses contributes a healthier-seeming color to white sugar is secondary to its real purpose, which is to modify the white stuff’s taste and baking properties. As for boosting nutritional value, while it’s true that molasses does contain certain valuable minerals, the amount that ends up in brown sugar is negligible.

Strangely enough, when it comes to natural sweeteners, the only one that does contain appreciable amounts of nutrients is molasses. Blackstrap molasses in particular is a nutritional powerhouse. One tablespoon contains 177 milligrams calcium, 3.6 grams iron, and 510 milligrams potassium. Problem is, the stuff tastes pretty nasty and would definitely not be a good sugar alternative in your morning coffee.

Bottom line, minimize all sweeteners, including sugar (white and brown), molasses, and even honey.

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I write to collect smiles and donate to charities. I share stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

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