Myth: Brown or Raw sugar are healthier than refined white sugar.
Truth: All sugars contain the same amount of calories. The only difference is that brown and raw sugar have more minerals than refined sugar. However, the mineral content is minimal and therefore insignificant. Just take note that your daily added sugar intake should be less than 10% of your daily total daily intake.
Types of Sugar:
Refined sugar is any sugar product treated to remove the molasses – the by-product presents itself in the form of brown sugar syrup.
Brown Sugar is refined white sugar but with added molasses.
Raw Sugar is sugar which has been minimally processed and has a higher molasses content.
Source: Mind Your Body, The Straits Times, 17 Dec 2009