brown sugar vs. white sugar

sugars - brown sugar and white sugar
Philippines
March 9, 2007 5:45pm CST
Do you usually shop and use white sugar at home or whenever you needed to use some sugar? Or you prefer to use the brown sugar? Why so? Well, for me I used to use white sugar every time I needed some. Like when I need to have a cup of coffee when I was yet in college where I need to burn my midnight candles especially when the exams were approaching, or when I needed to do some projects where I had to stay up late. There was also one time when my girlfriend was making some hot chocolate milk for us and I noticed her using the brown sugar. I asked her why she isn't using the white sugar...and I was pretty amazed by her answer, telling me that brown sugar is a lot healthier that the white ones...and she showed to me the research she got from the net about this one... " One more noteworthy difference: a cup of brown sugar has slightly more calories than white, but it "also contains 187 milligrams of calcium, 56 of phosphorous, 4.8 of iron, 757 of potassium and 97 of sodium, compared to only scant traces of those nutrients found in granulated sugar." Sweet! How does this appeal to you? please let me hear your views.. Godbless!
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27 responses
@lkbooi (16102)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 07
I prefer brown sugar bcoz it's not a refine sugar and may contain more minerals. It's more original than the white sugar so I think it's more nutritious.
@laurabeth (146)
• United States
9 Mar 07
We typically use white sugar unless brown is specifically called for. I never knew the health differences. Great info!
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
thanks for your response, laurabeth... Godbless!
• Portugal
10 Mar 07
Just like me! I never knew there were so many health differences. I only thought that it was needed for some desserts.
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• Ireland
9 Mar 07
I love the taste of brown sugar and my husband likes white, so I have to buy both. When I was a child I used to spread brown sugar on my bread and butter. It is really gorgeous and I must admit I still indulge in it. My family think it is disgusting, but they don't have to eat it so I will continue to disgust them. Thanks for all the interesting facts about the brown sugar.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
thanks for your response, Alexandria.. and for liking the brown sugar... :P as am on my way to it.. LOL
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Mar 07
i have known that brown sugar is more healthier than the white..ive been using the brown sugar now for at least a couple of years unless inmaking cakes..
• United Arab Emirates
11 Mar 07
I normally use "refined" or white sugar for my hot beverages wether it be coffee, tea, or choco. However, i also use brown sugar whenever necessary especially for cooking or baking purposes. So, it actually depends to which im gonna use it for. I agree with you that there are more health benefits that we can get from brown sugar over the refined one coz of the presence of more minerals over the latter. White sugar has undergone purification processes in the sugar refinery to make it more crystalline and bleach away the colorants in it. Some production plant even uses chemical bleaching or ion exchange methods to do that. It's actually the trace molasses content that gives the brown sugar its unique taste. Well, that is for sugar derived from sugarcane coz there are other raw materials also, such as beet. One thing is certain though... both white & brown sugar are sweet.
@banban26 (124)
• France
10 Mar 07
Personally, i prefer the brown sugar :=)
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10 Mar 07
Well Rogen_Andrei, for me I do prefer white sugar to brown, even if brown is the healthier option. It's simply that we consume more white than brown, be it in coffee or baking a cake! We seldom use brown, but if I'm in a restaurant for some reason, if the brown is there I use that. At the end of the day, it's a choice thing. I someone asked me I would have to say, "White" not because it's better but it's our preference. And one other thing? I think brown sugar is more expensive :D God Bless You also.
@wiresurge (111)
• Canada
10 Mar 07
brown surgar all the way! More natural.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I knew brown sugar was healthier since it is not chemically treated like white sugar ( to make it white) The same applies to Rice, brown being healthier than the white ones. I have been using white sugar since long and can't think of replacing my daily use with brown sugar. I use it only when certain recipes call for brown sugar. Thanks for sharing the contents of brown sugar, pretty pleasing:)
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I use white sugar for everything,like for my coffee,or day to day use ,its always white sugar..i always keep brown sugar on hand because a lot of recipes call for brown sugar ,and then I use then but other than for recipe use I prefer white sugar..I never really thought of using brown sugar for day to day use....I always use brown sugar in bakes beans or sweet potatoes though...thats good about all the extra nutrients but white sugar is lower in calories so I use it the most..
• Turkey
10 Mar 07
I prefer brown sugar because I heard that its more natural.Actually it's not healthy to eat any kind of sugar.It's so much healthier to get the glucose that our body needs from the fruits.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
10 Mar 07
I tend to choose brown sugar as well. As you say it does have a bit more calories, but I find that I use less if I use brown sugar as opposed to white- refined - so I think it ends up being more or less the same.
@webbuff (926)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
i definitely use brown sugar more than the white one. for me, its more sweeter (because its less filtered? i guess) and i love brown sugar on my hot coffee. lol
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@spindrift (197)
10 Mar 07
I tent to put white suger in tea and brown sugar in coffee but personaly I do not take suger in my drinks. I use brown sugar in my baking when make banana bread I always use brown sugar because of the rich colour that the bread comes out in if I use whit like in one I did it was very pale.
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@jbrowsin66 (1322)
• United States
10 Mar 07
This is interesting, if there is such a thing as "heathier" sugar, lol. You can probably substitute brown sugar for white in a lot of things, but I'm not sure you could successfully do it in baking because of the difference in consistency.
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@qouniq (1968)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 07
i use white sugar a lot in my daily life whereas the brown sugar i use normally for baking a cookie and steaming the cake. I personally think that brown sugar are less sweet while the white sugar is more sweet. I agree with you the the brown sugar more healthy than the white one this is because it is more less sweet but brings the same nutrient as the white sugar.
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@kharlyn (71)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
Whooaahh!!! Thanks!!! I usually buy white sugar... But starting tomorrow, it's brown sugar for me....
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
i go for brown sugar, more health benefits than white sugar....so use brown sugar instead of white. it's like rice grains.... the red one or brown rice is more healthy than the traditional white grain.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 07
well, your gf is right about what is in a brown sugar. you know it is better to used the brown sugar thatn the white sugar because white suger has a lot of process to do in order to become it white. so, in that there are chemicals mixed in order it to become white. not like the brown after the sugar cane procees until the juice of it out it will put it in dryer aand then thats the time that it become white
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@ratburn (939)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
brown sugar is healthier because they use chemicals in making white sugar. chemicals are used to make sugar whiter and therefore brown sugar is healthier for the body.
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