Sucanat Versus White Sugar


Sucanat sugar is dried sugar cane juice that is much healthier to use when baking versus white, refined and processed sugar. Sucanut Wholesome Sweeteners Fair Trade Organic Sucanat (Brown Sugar), 16-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)has a smaller proportion of sucrose, fewer calories and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Sucanat is to whole grain flours, as white sugar is to white, refined flours.

Sucanat sugar alternative  is filled with vitamins and minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin A and many other nutrients.

(See chart at the bottom of page to view all of the vitamins and minerals that are in 1 cup of Sucanat)

Sucanat is dried cane juice that still has vitamins and minerals in it, unlike processed, white sugar.

Description of Sucanat:

Sucanat is brown in color, and looks like pretty brown crystals. It is often often used as a substitute for brown sugar, though you can also substitute it for white sugar if the healthy recipe is adapted for it.

DID YOU KNOW? The difference between organic Sucanat and white refined sugar, is Sucanat retains it’s nutrient rich molasses substance. Also it does not contain chemicals that take place during the refining process. In addition,  Sucanat has a smaller proportion of sucrose than white sugar and/or high fructose syrup as it is just DRIED sugar cane juice.

The rich molasses in sugar cane is the healthy part of the sugar. Molasses is where you have the minerals, vitamins and fiber. It is lower in calories then white sugar, as 1 cup of Sucanat has 570 calories, where white sugar has 720 calories per cup.

Four Nutrients That Sucanat is Particularly High In:

1. Sucanat Is Very High in Potassium.

Sucanat is very high in Potassium with 1,125mg per  1 cup of Sucanat. That is more Potassium than two bananas combined. White refined sugar in comparison only has a negligible 4g of Potassium.

  • If you make 12 cookies using 1 1/2 cups of Sucanat, that is 1687mg for all the cookies, or 140mg of Potassium, per healthy cookie. Not bad for eating something sweet!

2. Sucanat Sugar Has High Levels of Vitamin A.

Sucanat is rich in Vitamin A, which kids need for healthy eyes, skin and bone development. The great news is that one cup of Sucanat has 1600 IU, has the equivalent amount of Vitamin A as 11 chicken eggs, or 7 cups of whole milk.

Source Vitamin A Information: NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Disease National Resource Center

3. Sucanat is Very High in Calcium.

Sucanat enjoys a healthy  165mg of calcium per cup, where white sugar only has 2mg per cup. The level of calcium in a cup of Sucanat is equivalent to 1 1/2 cups of mashed sweet potatoes.

  • Calcium is very important for kids in the development of their bones and teeth.

4. Sucanat is Very High in Magnesium.

Magnesium a mineral that is found when eating green leafy vegetables. Sucanat has 127mg of magnesium per cup, where white sugar only has .008mg of calcium. The level of magnesium that is contained in a cup of Sucanat is equivalent to 3/4 cup of boiled spinach.

DID YOU KNOW? Magnesium is the most important mineral in helping the body absorb calcium. With out magnesium, your body isn’t able to use calcium according to the Alternative Medicine Digest.

View All The Nutrients in 1 Cup of Sucanat Versus White Sugar:

  • You can see in this chart how almost ALL of the vitamins and minerals listed below in Sucanat are removed in the refining process of refined white sugar.


It is such great news that you can eat Sucanat sugar and still get vitamins and minerals, unlike white, refined sugar.

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  1. Katy says:

    Who the heck is gonna eat a cup of sugar to get the same amount of potassium that's in two bananas? Your basis for comparisons are very skewed!

    • Living Healthy Mom says:

      I could not agree with you more that no one would eat 1 cup of Sucanat!

      Glad you brought this up to make sure there is no confusion.

      The point of the comparison was to show that if you use 1 cup of of Sucanat in your cookie recipe, that you will receive a lot of vitamins and minerals like Potassium. Using the bananas as an example helps people understand in plain terms how much Potassium you would receive using a cup of Sucanat sugar.

      Versus…..white sugar which gives you no nutrients. Hope that clarifies where I was coming from.

      Thanks for your comments and perspective.

    • Jeff Brown says:

      The idea is not to eat a cup of sugar vs. a banana. It's that if you are eating sugar anyway, better to eat sugar in its natural state (Sucanat) and gain nutrients rather than eat the white sugar and gain almost nothing but the calories.

  2. JDM says:

    thanks for this info. i've been using sucanat at home for almost a year and wanted to compare it to white sugar, out of curiosity really. i think your comparisons are very helpful, specially because i bake so much. it's nice to know that sucanat is not just something sweet. why not give the body something it can use, rather than something it has a hard time dealing with. thanks again

  3. marcia smith says:

    Can someone whose body cannot tolerate refined sugar use sucanat?

    • Living Healthy Mom says:

      That is a very good question. I would like to open this question up to our doctor readers to answer.

      Generally speaking most people react better to eating less processed foods. I would not be surprised if your body reacts better to Sucanat, but since I am not a doctor I can not be certain.

      Be sure to explore coconut sugar as an option for you. You can read all about it at: http://www.livinghealthymom.com/coconut-sugar-ben

      Let us know what you find as you try the different options. Thanks for sharing!

      • Joy says:

        You can try Stevia if you can not eat sugar. Its from nature and 0 calorie. I am planing stevia in my backyard

    • Anja says:

      I can't eat white sugar, but I can eat sucanat. Sucanat is low glycemic and alkaline forming, where processed white sugar is high glycemic and acid forming. I have been using organic sucanat for years with great health success. I am leary about processed stevia as well. Anything processed usually has negative side effects. Best to use the whole leaf or green stevia powder that still has it's nutrients intact.

  4. Donna says:

    Would sucanat be appropriate for diabetics?

  5. Eureka says:

    How many calories is in a teaspoon of this sugar?

    • Living Healthy Mom says:

      According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sucanat has more nutritional value and 25% less calories then it\’s white processed counterpart. 12 calories per teaspoon.

      Armstrong.com has a good article describing this. For more information go to:

  6. Rebekah says:

    What’s the difference between sucanat & raw unrefined sugar? Are they the same?

    • Living Healthy Mom says:

      Great question.

      Sugar in the raw otherwise known as Turbinado is basically heated cane juice.

      Versus Sucanat and Rapadura which are dried, a form of dehydration.

      Okay…that is the technical…..overall Sucanat and Rapadura as a result of how they are made are left with a higher level of Molasses which is where the vitamins and minerals are. It seems to me that Rapadura has the most…I taste it.

      So they are not the same thing BUT Turbinado is a lot better than white processed refined sugar.

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