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Monday, February 25, 2019

Benefits of Brown Sugar vs White Sugar for Diabetics

Red sugar has been known to the Indonesian people for a long time, both as a natural sweetener or cooking spice. More than that, brown sugar is also considered better for diabetics than white sugar.

Perhaps not many know that brown sugar derived from coconut palm juice has good nutrition for health, such as iron, minerals, zinc, calcium, potassium, polyphenols, antioxidants, and inulin. Not only that, the glycemic index (IG) of brown sugar is also lower than other sweeteners. So it is natural that brown sugar is often consumed by diabetics.

Benefits of Brown Sugar Compared to White Sugar

The benefits of brown sugar have been considered better than white sugar, especially after it is known to have a relatively low glycemic index, which is around 54. The glycemic index itself is a number that describes the impact of certain foods on increasing a person's blood sugar levels.

The high glycemic index is above the number 70. That is, carbohydrates in food quickly break down and release glucose into the blood. Some foods with high GI numbers include:

  • White rice.
  • White bread.
  • Whole wheat bread.
  • Rice porridge.
  • Instant oat porridge.
  • Potato.
  • Chips.

Meanwhile, the numbers 55 and below indicate otherwise. Foods with low GI numbers, such as brown sugar, pasta, kidney beans, soybeans, beans, oranges, carrots, bananas, mangoes, strawberries, and dates. While white sugar or sucrose belong to the medium IG in the range of numbers IG 56-69.

However, keep in mind that IG numbers in food can differ from one individual to another, depending on how to combine food to be consumed. For example, the glycemic index of brown sugar which is actually low can be high, if taken together with other food ingredients that contain carbohydrates and high sugar.

Apart from that, with relatively small IG numbers, brown sugar is claimed to be a better choice for diabetic patients compared to white sugar with a slightly higher IG number.

Red Sugar Is Safer, But Not Free

Although brown sugar is classified as safe for diabetics. Not that brown sugar can then be consumed freely. This is because the calorie content of brown sugar is almost equivalent to white sugar, which is about four grams of carbohydrates and 16 calories per teaspoon.

In addition, brown sugar on the market can also be mixed with cane sugar and other ingredients, which makes the glycemic index high. Therefore, if you want to use brown sugar as a sweetener, the key is to consume it in limited quantities. If you consume brown sugar excessively, it will still increase your risk of developing metabolic syndrome and obesity.

If you are diabetic and really want to eat sweet snacks, you can choose healthy alternative foods, such as fruit salad or fresh fruit. If you still want to use sugar, whatever the type of sugar, consider the total carbohydrate on the product label. That way, you can readjust your daily diet plan according to the calculation of carbohydrates and calories that are allowed. Don't hesitate to consult a nutritionist to find out the complete benefits of brown sugar.

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