Brown Sugar Good?

Anahad O’Connor of The New York Times investigates the claim that brown sugar is better for us than plain-old white sugar. Guess what? Its not! Here’s more:
So the two varieties of sugar are similar nutritionally. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, brown sugar contains about 17 kilocalories per teaspoon, compared with 16 kilocalories per teaspoon for white sugar.


Because of its molasses content, brown sugar does contain certain minerals, most notably calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium (white sugar contains none of these). But since these minerals are present in only minuscule amounts, there is no real health benefit to using brown sugar. The real differences between the two are taste and the effects on baked goods.
Dr. Fuhrman isn’t fooled by it either. In Eat to Live he lumps brown sugar with other junk foods. From the book:
Refined sugars include table sugar (sucrose), milk sugar (lactose), honey, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, molasses, corn sweeteners, and fruit juice concentrates. Even the bottled and boxed fruit juices that many children drink are poor food; with no significant nutrient density, they lead to obesity and disease.1
1. Berenson, G. S., S. R. Srinivasan, W. Bao, et al. 1998. Association between multiple cardiovascular risk factors and atherosclerosis in children and young adults. N. Eng. J. Med. 338: 1650-56.
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LLouise - June 13, 2007 7:06 PM

What's said about the amounts of minerals present in brown sugar being so minute as to make no difference, is the same concept Dr. Fuhrman claims about salt. Many want to think that the fancy salts which contain trace minerals are healthful; but, like the brown sugar-molasses thing, they are insignificant.

Hard to swallow for salt lovers! Was not something I liked accepting at first, either. Luckily, we get off the salt craving and food tastes even better than it did with the salt. It's worth the effort.

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