Picture this - you have just purchased your fav cappuccino from the nearby Starbucks outlet and you head to the counter where all the sugar sachets are kept. So, now you have to decide between the golden crystals and regular white ones. The devil inside you says "Its not going to make any difference anyway, its such a small amount!" While, the angel inside your brain goes, "Nooo, pick the brown, its good for you, less calories, you don't need that extra fat on your hips"
Who should you listen to? For once, your devil side may be right!!
We have been BOMBARDED (note the capital letters) with so much info that brown bread, brown rice etc is good for us and so we start to think brown sugar is better than white sugar. In fact, white is scorned in the food industry. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that is easily used by the body for energy, but stored as fat if unused. But is brown sugar really healthier?
White sugar comes in many forms - caster sugar, icing sugar, rock sugar and it is used widely in many kitchens worldwide, as a beverages sweetener or in baked goods etc.. White sugar is essentially crystallized sucrose extracted from either sugar cane or sugar beets. Here is the interesting part - Brown sugar is not that much different from white sugar.
Brown sugar is simply white sugar with the introduction of molasses. But because of the introduction of molasses, it is slighly healthier as it then contains minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. This is only minuscle, by the way.
What does this prove? All sugars are the same with minor difference. So all types of sugar must be in taken in small amounts as it only provides empty calories and has no important health benefits to us. We should watch out for hidden sugars in food and soft drinks too. You all know that a can of soda has 8 teaspoons of sugar!
If you are cutting down on your sugar, lower your sugar intake gradually. For example, I used to have take 2 teaspoons of sugar for my mug [don't judge me - its a huge mug!! :)] of tea in the morning, but slowly reducing to 1 and half, so that the difference is gradual and my taste buds won't notice that change.
Remember that when you are next at the sugar sachet counter of your Starbucks outlet.