Sucanat Versus White SugarBy
Sucanat sugar is dried sugar cane juice that is much healthier to use when baking versus white, refined and processed sugar. Sucanat has a smaller proportion of sucrose, fewer calories and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.
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)
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.