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sugarEverybody loves sugar. It is just about everywhere you go. You put it in your coffee, your cereal, and just about every dessert imaginable. But one thing most people do not consider is how healthy sugar is for you. Too much sugar can be a bad thing especially for people who suffer from diabetes. Is brown sugar a better option for you? Keep reading to learn more about these two different types of sugar and which one is better for you.

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Brown Sugar or White Sugar

Do you find yourself paying more for brown sugar than the “regular” white sugar? Have you ever wondered which is healthier for you? In order to answer, let’s explain how sugar is manufactured. Yes, although it comes from sugar canes or beets, sugar does go through quite a bit of processing before we see it in its final form on supermarket shelves. You may want to start counting those calories before you choose.

What you need to know:

The raw materials utilized are either sugar cane stalks or sugar beet (a root). Let’s talk sugar cane today:

  1. After the sugar cane stalks are harvested, they are chopped into small pieces
  2. The stalk pieces are pulverized in order to release the sugary cane juice.
  3. The juice usually has some impurities in it such as mud, pieces of stalk and other stuff, so it is filtered using both mechanical and chemical processes (using polyacrylamides).
  4. The purified liquid is boiled until the water evaporates.
  5. The remaining “juice” is heated once again and the sugar begins to crystallize. A side product that is left over is called mother liquor (it is the source of molasses)
  6. A centrifuge is used to separate individual sugar crystals.

It is important to know which is the healthiest way to stay fit and prepare your meals. Neither sugar is better than the other but you should use them in moderation.