White VS Brown sugar

White and brown – the two most commonly used types of sugar

As with most products with a misleading name, according to the majority, brown sugar falls into the category of “brown” foods – brown rice, rye bread, etc.. Therefore more useful, harmless and it can be consumed more often. So is it really true?

Raw sugar is extracted from sugar cane. Its color is brownish in the formation . This is due to the presence of molasses – viscous , thick syrup , which was obtained in the refining of sugar cane, sugar beet, grapes , and is also known as a “plant ” copper .

Sugar producers handle their entire production, which leaves it white . Brown sugar is made when molasses again return to bleached sugar. Different flavors of white and brown sugar are only due to the absence or presence of molasses – white is lighter , and the brown is rich and sweet with a rich flavor . Brown sugar is a different texture and – it is more moist and granular , in contrast to the dry sand- crystalline white sugar.

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Although many people believe that brown sugar is healthier, the truth is that its nutritional values ​​differ somewhat dismissive. White sugar is 99.9% pure sucrose until the brown 97% sucrose, 2% water and 1% of other compounds.

Teaspoon white sugar contains 16 calories, while the same amount of brown sugar contains 17 calories. Molasses in the brown sugar contain certain minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron, but in too low concentration to be used by the body.

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The final choice between the two products should not be based so much of one percent mineral content of brown sugar or one kilocalorie less white – these values ​​are insignificant to human health. Some people prefer brown sugar because of the rich taste and color that it brings to baking , others are fans of pure taste of white sugar .

In the end , no matter which one is used , it is important not to overdo with any of them. The recommended amount is 20-25 grams of sugar per day for men, and 13-18 grams per day for women. Each overdose  of any kind of sugar in raw form or sweetened foods and beverages can lead to obesity , diabetes , hypertension and other health problems.

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