Sugar is a constituent part of human diet, and it is found literally in all foods we eat, so sugar craving is something most people are familiar with as if though has become a sort of innate craving. However, I believe, sugar is a double-edge sword because although it would do us good in the form of so-called comfort food, it will only work in the short run, but the problems lie in long-term consequences of excess sugar consumption. Sugar is, without a doubt, the core problem of the mankind’s overwhelming health problem – obesity. To tackle this issue, several years ago brown sugar hit the scene as a healthier alternative to white refined sugar. The media welcomed it so much that it was impossible to miss it. Soon after, all stores and coffee shops introduced brown sugar as a normal part of their offer. But what do we really know about the difference between white and brown sugar? Is brown sugar really healthier than white sugar?
For many reasons I’m about to state – not really. It is truly one more chasing- the- profit marketing trick. Let me explain. Sugar is obtained by extracting sugar from sugar beet and sugar cane. White sugar is fully refined, while brown sugar denotes incompletely purified sugar, its color coming from other plant material (plant pigments, minerals etc.). But, what we usually consume as “brown sugar” is actually refined white sugar to which molasses is added. In my opinion, this is plain fraud, especially because, when health is in issue, brown sugar is not better than white sugar, apart from sucrose, it contains certain amounts of vitamins and minerals, but in no significant amounts.
The one thing white and brown sugar have in common is energy value, namely, both types are loaded with calories. One teaspoon of sugar, which is approximately 5 g, has 20 calories so it’s a common fallacy that you’ll lose pounds if you substitute white sugar with brown sugar.
So next time you decide to bake cakes, use honey instead of sugar, but bear in mind that it is also calories-packed food, though rich in vitamins and minerals. Both types of sugar have a high glycemic index which means it raises your blood sugar (glucose) level soon after consummation making you feel happier. The trick lies in the following period when glucose level rapidly decreases leaving you tired and spiritless.
But like with everything in life, temperance is crucial ,so we need to pay attention to daily sugar intake since its excess will be stored in our body as fat, and that’s how we gain weight.
It’s okay to enjoy sweet temptation from time to time, but in normal doses, because any exaggeration will go at the expense of not just your lifestyle, but the health too.
Translation: G. Dujmović