10 Myths About Sugar

Organic (Raw) Sugar Is Healthier Than Table Sugar
Raw sugar looks like it should be healthier than refined white sugar but raw sugar has only traces of minerals (white has none). Both have the same number of calories. olgakr/iStock/Thinkstock

Raw sugar looks so appealing, with its light caramel hue and nuggety shape. This organic sweetener, less refined than table sugar, is found in many health-focused products -- so surely it must be healthier for you. Actually, it's not.

Both raw sugar and table sugar are derived from sugarcane, although table sugar can also come from beets. Raw sugar is created when sugarcane juice is boiled once. This leaves some molasses in the product and gives the sugar its signature golden color. Table sugar results from sugarcane juice that is boiled several times, a process that removes all of the molasses from the juice, hence its white color.

Some raw sugar boosters claim the molasses left in raw sugar contains valuable nutrients that our bodies can use. But most experts say there are only trace nutrients left -- tiny amounts that have no impact on our health. And for the record: Raw sugar and refined sugar have the same number of calories. So while they're processed differently, they're really pretty identical [source: Butler].

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