Sharing with Karen Collins, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist…..
We all know that getting too much added sugar carries many health risks—from weight gain and heart disease to diabetes and obesity-linked cancers. In fact, research shows that most Americans are getting so much sugar in their daily diets that they are increasing their heart attack risk by 20%.
If you’re not cutting calories and eat a healthful diet, it’s OK to have up to two to three teaspoons of these sugars daily. But if your diet includes high-sugar snacks, cereals, drinks or other processed foods, limit these sugars to a few times a week.
•Brown and white sugars.
You may think of brown sugar as a more wholesome choice than white sugar. But the fact is, they’re both processed—white sugar is derived from sugarcane or sugar beets, while brown sugar is a combination of white sugar and molasses. These sugars also have roughly the same number of calories—16 calories per teaspoon for white sugar…and 17 for brown sugar.
Brown sugar is really no more healthful than white sugar, but it does make baked goods moister and adds a hint of caramel flavour.