Do You Know About Different Types Of Sugar?
- 11 Months ago
You've heard a lot about how bad refined sugar is for your health, enough to think twice before putting that bag of white sugar into your grocery cart. Right next to the white sugar are some options that seem like they might be just a bit healthier.
Do you have these questions in mind - what about raw sugar? Are these "natural" sugars really better for you than refined white sugar? Or, at the very least, are they a little less bad for you?
Let's see different types of Sugars:
Refined white sugar is pure sucrose. It can be produced from either sugar cane or sugar beets, but by the time it has been refined to a white crystal, the two are chemically identical.
Molasses is what's left over from the sugar refining process. It's everything that gets taken out when you refine sugar cane into white sugar.
Brown sugar is simply refined white sugar with a bit of molasses added back into it. In fact, if you ever run out of brown sugar, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of molasses to 1 cup of sugar. For dark brown sugar, add 2 tablespoons molasses.
Evaporated cane juice (such as Florida Crystals) is, as the name implies, made from sugar cane, never sugar beets. It's slightly less refined and so it retains a bit more color and flavor from the sugar cane. The tan-colored crystals have a slight caramel or molasses aroma. If the crystals are large and coarse, it's also known as Demerara sugar.
Turbinado or "raw" sugar is also a dehydrated cane juice. It retains a bit more of the natural "impurities," so it's even a little darker and the molasses aroma and flavor is a bit more pronounced.
Organic cane sugar simply means that the sugar cane was grown organically, without synthetic herbicides or pesticides. It may be lightly refined or almost pure white.
The idea of calling white sugar "refined" and raw sugar "natural" is a little silly. All of these sugars are natural in the sense that they all come from plants. And all of these sugars are refined. They've all been extracted from cane or beet and dried into a crystalline form. The ones that we call "natural" are just a little bit less refined. They are not 100% pure sucrose, like white sugar. They might be only 99% pure.
Sugar taken in the right quantity with minimum usage can decrease your health risk...