Hey folks,

Welcome to Whatever Wednesdays! Today I'm going to continue my series on sugar! For you new readers out there, I am researching different sweeteners and giving you the nutritional (or lack there of) skinny on the most popular varieties. In the end, I intend to compile them all for comparison purposes. Today's pick is brown sugar!


Brown sugar is an unrefined or partially refined sugar with crystals that contain some molasses content,or it is produced by the addition of molasses to refined white sugar.

Brown sugar is slightly lower in calories than white sugar due to the water content. The presence of molasses provides it with some minerals but in such miniscule amounts that it doesn't yield a true nutritional benefit. One hundred grams of brown sugar contains 373 calories while white sugar contains 396.

The true difference between the two seems to be taste. Some recipes (most notably) baked goods will call for brown sugar versus white. Other than that, research shows there is not much difference in calories or nutritional value.

So, you're not really doing yourself much of a nutritional favor adding brown sugar to your oatmeal over white, just giving your taste buds a different spin!

SOURCES: nytimes.com, wikipedia.org