#822: MM- Brown Sugar vs Regular White Sugar

This is Judy Gaman, author of the award winning book Age to Perfection: How to Thrive to 100, Happy, Healthy, and Wise and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute. Each day I bring you one new tip that will help you stay young and vibrant. I heard a comment over the holidays that really struck me. One of my family members said brown sugar was healthier than regular white sugar. Well, Sugar that’s the color of dirt doesn’t make it more “natural” or healthier than its white counterpart. The color comes from a common residual sticky syrup, called molasses. Brown sugar retains some of that molasses. In fact, brown sugar is mostly white sugar with some molasses — so refining it further would give you white table sugar. While molasses contains some vitamins and minerals like potassium and magnesium, there is not enough in your standard brown sugar packet that should make you reach for it if you’re trying to eat healthier. As far as your body is concerned, white and brown sugar are one-in-the-same.We want to empower you with as much health information as possible. Visit Stayyoungamerica.com for free pod casts of the Staying Young Radio Show with over a hundred different health topics or you can follow us on Twitter @StayYoungMedia

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