Choosing between white, red and organic sugar: a health issue

White sugar or brown sugar ?

A very large proportion of the sugar that is marketed today in France is white. Brown sugar, on the other hand, is less common on breakfast tables, but in the eyes of some consumers, it would be much healthier for consumption. In reality and nutritionally, the compositions of brown sugar and white sugar are only slightly different. It should be known that some nutritionists agree that this is not really the color of this fun food that matters. We take stock of everything you need to know about the subject.

A substantially equal impact on health

The white sugar comes from sugar beet to which it owes its white color. As for brown sugar, which is still called brown sugar, it is extracted from sugar canes and is also naturally colored. This reddish-brown colour is due to the presence of different organic materials and pigments present in the stem of the sugar cane.

However, after many manufacturing steps, it is also possible to produce brown sugar with sugar beets. To achieve this, white sugar must be exposed to heat long enough to caramelize. The sugar thus obtained is called "vergeoise". In contrast, cane sugar, which is naturally red, can also be bleached. He must be treated for this. It is then cleared of the natural dyes contained in it, and then various additives achieve the desired discoloration.

Thus, the color of sugar in no case can not tell about its quality. Brown sugar produced from sugar canes contains a little more minerals than that from beet. It is felt that these proportions are still too small to make significant differences for the consumer.

The real issue that is decisive : sugar refining

Nutritionists emphasize that refined industrial sugar is harmful for health. This statement is not necessarily exaggerated. In the process of processing and refining through which sugar passes, its natural composition can be greatly changed. The various substances from which it is cleared remove vitamins and minerals of all kinds from it at the same time. Since these substances are necessary for proper assimilation of sucrose contained in sugar, excessive consumption can cause various health disorders (diabetes, obesity…). It is important to know that at the end of the process, the refined sugar is composed of more than 99% sucrose.
Organic sugar, which has all its natural properties, is undoubtedly the best choice for a balanced diet.
Good tasting !

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