Raw Brown Sugar versus Refined White Sugar

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND January 19, 2009

When making your coffee or tea, there usually is a choice between using brown sugar and white sugar. Which one should you chose and why....

Natural brown sugar is a name for raw sugar, which is a brown sugar produced from the first crystallization of sugarcane. Raw sugar is more commonly used, but it can be further processed to make white sugar. Thus, “natural brown sugar” is free of additional dyes and chemicals, which are used to make white sugar. There is a higher level of inclusion of molasses (a thick by-product from the processing of sugar cane into sugar) in brown sugar giving it a higher mineral content.

As we have previously learned from Sea Salt vs. Table salt blog, an imbalance in minerals is one prime cause of disease; usually do to the over-consumption of refined products like: refined sugars, refined oils, and refined table salt.

It is therefore vital to consume less processed, more natural and nutritious products such as the healthy and wholesome Natural Brown Sugar. Natural Brown Sugar has 11 calories per 4 grams (1 teaspoon). It is also nutritionally rich and retains all natural mineral and vitamin content present inherent in sugarcane juice.

Just ensure that you are using Natural/Raw Brown Sugar, and not processed brown sugar.

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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