The brown sugar consists of a type of sugar derived from sugarcane. Such sugar can be easily dissolved and added to beverages and/or recipes.
It is important to emphasize that excessive sugar consumption can cause the individual to develop diabetes, among other diseases. Therefore, it should be consumed in moderation, whether in drinks or food. Parallel to this, it is essential to include vegetables and greens in the diet, as well as regular physical activity.
BENEFITS OF DEMERARA SUGAR
Note the benefits of demerara sugar below:
1. Promotes energy
One of the benefits of demerara sugar is that its glycemic peak is lower than that of refined sugar. Because it provides energy, exercisers like to incorporate it into their diet.
2. Regulates sleep
Based on studies done by nutritionists, demerara sugar contains magnesium. In this sense, consumption is related to sleep, which regulates melatonin, a hormone naturally produced by the body.
3. Strengthens the bone structure
Demerara sugar contains calcium, which is very important in bone structure. In addition to being relevant to consumption in all age groups, it helps in the fight against osteoporosis.
4 . Fights the cramp
There is calcium in demerara sugar. Therefore, it also helps in questions that deal with muscle contraction. It is suggested that this sugar be incorporated into the diet to avoid cramps and for people who want to gain lean mass.
5. Regulates metabolism
Considering the presence of phosphorus in demerara sugar, it enhances the adequate absorption of carbohydrates, which, in turn, helps to regulate metabolism. Furthermore, it is essential for the formation of cells in our body.
PROPERTIES OF DEMERARA SUGAR
Note the properties of demerara sugar below:
- Presence of iron;
- Presence of magnesium;
- Helps prevent blood glucose spikes;
- Smoother flavor than brown sugar; and
- More beneficial to health than white sugar.
NUTRIENTS OF DEMERARA SUGAR
Note the properties of demerara sugar below:
- Dietary fiber;
- Saturated fat;
- Proteins; and
HOW IS DEMERARA SUGAR MADE
Demerara sugar is the result of sugarcane juice. It is then boiled and goes through the evaporation process. The goal is to remain only sugar grains.
That said, the sugar undergoes processing, however, its color is not altered.
RECIPES WITH FRESH SUGAR
See below the recipe for strawberry pudding that can be made with fresh sugar. To do so, you must book:
- 2 tablespoons of demerara sugar;
- 300 grams of strawberry; and
- 400 ml of milk.
The method of preparation consists of placing the demerara sugar and milk in a container. Once that’s done, mix until you get the uniform consistency. Kepp it on the refrigerator for two hours. When removing, cut the strawberries into cubes and place them in the pudding. If you want, leave a little more time in the fridge and help yourself.
It is worth adding that there are other recipe options with demerara sugar, as well as:
- Corn cake;
- Cassava cake; and
- Chocolate brownie.
DEMERARA SUGAR AND BROWN SUGAR
Demerara sugar, although it goes through the refinement process, does not receive any chemical additives. In addition, it has a brown color and above average nutritional values. It has large grains and high prices in specialty stores.
With regard to refined sugar, it is one of the most common on Brazilians’ table. It dominates supermarket shelves, but it’s not the healthiest option. This is due to the refinement process, which receives chemical additives to achieve white color. By going through this process, vitamins and minerals are lost.
As for brown sugar, it has a darker color and a striking flavor, which reminds us of sugar cane. As it does not go through the refinement process, calcium and iron are preserved.
It should be noted that, although in a minimal amount, all types of sugar are caloric. Therefore, they can increase the blood glucose level.
IDEAL CONSUMPTION OF FRESH SUGAR
Health experts reinforce that the ideal is that sugar is avoided. This holds true from both a healthy and a weight standpoint. Still in this scenario, they suggest that sugar be replaced by honey, for example.
With regard to the use of sugar, it is suggested that refined sugar be replaced by demerara sugar. The goal is to reduce the effects of sugar that have chemical additives.
It is noteworthy that all types of sugar have contraindications. Therefore, people with diabetes should avoid sugar consumption. The World Health Organization recommends that a maximum of 25 grams of sugar be consumed per day.
Still in this scenario, considering the chemical components, a good idea is to replace white sugar with demerara sugar. It is also possible to use demerara sugar in sweets and cakes.
HARMS OF DEMERARA SUGAR
People who have diabetes should consult their doctor about the ideal amount of sugar to be consumed. Parallel to this, one should note foods that contain sugar, such as oranges and bananas, for example.
From the moment an individual consumes industrialized foods, drinks too much soda and does not practice physical activities, the body can undergo changes, such as weight gain, accumulation of fat in the liver and changes in triglycerides.
Follow the harms of demerara sugar below:
- Development of heart disease;
- Increased sugar level; and
- Weight gain.
Here are some ways to have better nutrition:
1. Read product labels in order to identify the amount of sugar contained in them;
2. Try to gradually reduce the amount of sugar in coffee and juice;
3. Opt for natural juices and no added sugar;
4. Insert fruits in your food; and
5. Give preference to cooked vegetables.
Demerara sugar can be easily found in supermarkets and specialty stores. In terms of values, it is usually a little more expensive than refined sugar.
Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.