Just a Spoonful of Sugar?

They say it’s one of the most important ingredients used in the kitchen. The first thing that comes to your mind is the sweetness, and the taste always leaves you wanting more, Sugar is an unhealthy substance, its added flavour and texture to an ingredient.

There are various types of sugar found from multiple sources. Simple sugars such as monosaccharide include glucose, fructose and galactose.

Granulated sugar is a refined, multipurpose sugar. It can be defined as refined, table or white sugar. Granulated sugar mostly contains sucrose. It is made from sugarcane and sugar beets. One teaspoon of granulated sugar contains about 16 calories. Granulated sugar contains limited nutrition with no vitamins or minerals in a teaspoon of granulated sugar and contains 4 grams of carbohydrates.

Granulated sugar has little nutrition beyond carbohydrates. Each teaspoon has 4 g of carbohydrate and 0 g of fat and protein. There are no vitamins or minerals in a teaspoon of granulated sugar.

Brown Sugar is simply white sugar mixed with molasses. Therefore, brown sugar can hold its shape, while white sugar cannot. One teaspoon of brown sugar contains 17 calories.

Unlike granulated sugar, brown sugar contains molasses. Molasses provides a good source of dietary potassium and provides small amounts of calcium, magnesium and vitamins. However, the amount of this nutrition you’ll be receiving when consuming brown sugar is extremely limited and will not do much at all to meet your daily nutrient needs.

 So, if you’re looking for ways to cut calories, choosing brown sugar over white sugar won’t be beneficial. It’s not just “a spoonful of sugar.” Sugar is an added flavour and texture to an ingredient and it needs to be limited in your diet as much as possible in order to avoid weight gain and increased health risks. 

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