Benefits & Properties Of Brown Sugar


Have you ever wondered what brown sugar is? What are its properties, benefits, and differences from white sugar? Continue reading this article to know the answer to these questions.

What is brown sugar?

Brown sugar is made by mixing white sugar with various amounts of molasses, so it has a more intense color and a stronger flavor than white sugar, in terms of its texture, it tends to harden because it contains more moisture than white sugar thus allowing baked desserts to retain moisture and sticky texture. Its rich, full flavor makes it ideal for gingerbread, beans, baked goods, barbecues, and other great-tasting foods.

Properties of brown sugar

In many of our sweet dishes and drinks we find brown sugar, but what are the properties of brown sugar? This type of unrefined sugar is mainly high in sucrose and sugar and, in lower amounts, glucose, and fructose, in addition to having no fat content that could harm our health. To give you an idea, each teaspoon of brown sugar contains only 16 calories.

Brown sugar is a food rich in vitamins, among which vitamin B3, B9, B2, B5, and B6 stand out. Likewise, it has a very characteristic nutritional contribution of potassium, calcium, and sodium and, in lower amounts, of iron, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Benefits of brown sugar

  • One of its benefits is thanks to its phosphorus content, according to research carried out in recent years, it has been confirmed that phosphorus helps us memorize, so if a tough exam period is coming, you know who your best ally is.
  • The calcium content makes our bones stronger and healthier, as well as the structure of the teeth. Therefore, this food is an ideal complement for all those people who suffer from osteoporosis and even to prevent them.
  • Although the iron content is minimal, consuming brown sugar prevents the risk of anemia and helps those who are suffering from it.
  • On the other hand, brown sugar is beneficial for our heart, since we receive the necessary nutrients to maintain the proper functioning of this organ and thus avoid any cardiac abnormality that may arise, such as a heart attack.
  • Finally, brown sugar contains moisture that allows us to keep skin soft and hydrated.

OTHER CURIOSITIES

How can brown sugar be stored to prevent it from hardening?

Brown sugar hardens when its moisture evaporates. Storing it in a way that allows it to retain its natural moisture (in its tightly closed plastic wrap) or in a vacuum-packed container helps brown sugar retain its moisture. 

If the brown sugar sets, let it sit overnight in a jar sealed with a damp paper towel or apple slice. For a quick fix, heat the amount you need to 250 degrees in the oven for a few minutes, or microwave on low for 1 to 2 minutes per cup. The softened brown sugar should be used immediately.

Can I substitute brown sugar for granulated white sugar in recipes?

  • Yes. White sugar can be substituted for the same amount of brown sugar. The brown sugar will slightly increase the molasses flavor in your recipe.

Can I make my own brown sugar?

  • Yes. Combine a tablespoon of molasses with a cup of granulated white sugar. Mix well.

Remember to eat all kinds of foods in a balanced way and be physically active frequently!

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