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Is brown sugar good for your health?

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Unlike white refined sugar, brown sugar contains molasses, which is comprised of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. However, the nutritional density is negligible, and brown sugar should not be thought of as a healthier substitute over white sugar.

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White and brown sugar have the same effect on the body after ingestion. This includes a quick spike in energy followed by a crash. Too much consumption of either sugar also increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, pulmonary disease and dental caries. Some food manufacturers refer to brown sugar as “raw brown sugar” to make it sound like a natural and healthy alternative. However, this is not the case.

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