What makes Demerara sugar healthier than white sugar? It is because of less amount of the factor, known as sucrose, which is a chief component of cane or beet sugar that presents with just an amount of 88 to 93 per cent in the Demerara sugar, while it largely presents in the white sugar with as more as amount of 96 to 98 per cent of the sugar. In addition, a few crucial minerals such as manganese, magnesium, zinc, cobalt, chromium, etc. are mainly involved in the Demerara sugar.
Wearing a golden toffee color, Demerara sugar, which is commonly referred as brown sugar is an exotic version of the real sugar. The brown is made up during the sugarcane’s first pressing, which leads to make the sugar slightly less refined.
Demerara sugar becomes more intriguing and unique because of its distinctive flavor with intense toffee glance, which contributes to make the sugar the most popular ingredient used in pastries and cakes.
Moreover, the Demerara sugar crystals are bigger than those of the white sugar, due to which they need a longer time to dissolve in the drink, as compared to the white sugar.
Pooja Malhotra, a nutritionist from Delhi explained that, “Both types of sugar provide essentially the same amount of calories (4 kcal per gram), and these minerals are needed by our body in small amounts to help digest the sugar. However, to meet our mineral requirements, we will have to load up on Demerara sugar, which obviously makes no sense.”
“So remember, while raw sugars like Demerara are nutritionally superior to white sugar, they can’t be called health foods and need to be used with the same caution as refined white sugar,” Pooja further mentioned.
Lea Kawalchuck graduated from the University of Winnipeg 2005. Lea is an island transplant, having grown up in Manitoba. After graduating school, it didn’t take didn’t take her long to decide she wanted to stay on the island Lea has written for several major publications including The Vancouver Sun and the Huffington Post. Lea iis our community reporter and also covers world events.