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Brown Sugar vs White Sugar – Which is the Healthier Alternative?

Brown Sugar

So, you’ve decided to clean up your diet and lead a healthier lifestyle. You’ve already replaced gluten and dairy with healthier options such as gluten-free bread, coconut yoghurt and almond milk.

Now, you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sugar. But you’re not sure what the difference between brown and white sugar is. Well, we’ll clear up a few things for you…

 

White sugar is refined repeatedly

Brown sugar on the other hand, is raw sugar cane that’s only refined once. It is slightly moister and has a different aroma to white sugar. The brown colour comes from the refining process, which produces sugar grains containing about 5% to 10% molasses. The refining process that white sugar goes through, strips it of all the remaining molasses. But, does this make brown sugar a more nutritious option?

Well, according to The Canadian Sugar Institute it isn’t. This is because the fibre and nutrient content left in brown sugar after refinement is insignificant. So, opt to for natural sugars, like stevia, honey, agave nectar.

Five foods that can help you give up sugar

1. Herbal tea

Herbal teas such as peppermint, ginger, liquorice or chamomile are a great sugar-free pick-me-up. They can help you relax and wind down before bed especially if you usually crave sugar. 

2. Dates

Dates are way better than most dried fruits. This is because they’re very sweet and the perfect sugar alternative in baked goods. You can always stash a handful in your desk drawer at work if you’re prone to afternoon sweet cravings. They’ll give you that much needed energy boost and satisfy your sweet tooth.

3. Sweet potatoes

When you’re craving sugar, try snacking on sweet potatoes. I love them roasted, topped with coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon. Absolutely delicious!

4. Bananas

Nothing beats nature’s candy. Inexpensive and easily accessible. They are sweet and highly nutritious. What’s more, you can use them for just about anything! Bake gluten-free banana bread, make dairy-free banana ice cream or make your smoothies sweeter.

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