Brown sugar is a very popular sweetener used in many different baked goods and culinary applications, but it also has some health benefits that might surprise you!
What is Brown Sugar?
Brown sugar is a type of sugar (sucrose) that gains a brown color due to the presence of molasses. Brown sugar can either be commercially or naturally produced, with the former made by molasses being added to traditional white sugar, composing between 4% and 7% of the final product. The average brown sugar contains about 5% molasses by weight. Many people think brown sugar and jaggery are the same, but in fact, this variety of sugar contains far fewer minerals than jaggery, the latter of which comes from cane sugar, or date palm sap. Brown sugar is generally healthier than white sugar due to the molasses it contains, but it is still somewhat low in overall nutrients.
This molasses-infused sugar has a soft consistency, and often feels wet to the tough, but it doesn’t ever really go bad. Some of the flavors will begin to fade after 2-3 years, but it will still be useful in your recipes. The toasted flavor of this sugar is what makes it popular, as it tends to taste sweeter or more saccharine than regular sugar.