The existence of sugar in coffee has always been a debatable topic among coffee lovers. Some absolutely abhor the idea, saying that it reduced coffee’s original, bitter taste.
While others love adding some sugary treats to their morning cup of joe, claiming that the sugar makes it feel like morning bliss that wakes you up right away. However, that debate can be reserved for some other time.
Right now, we’re here to discuss which sugar is better, the traditional white sugar or the more pure brown sugar. Plus, we’re also going to be answering the very important question: Is brown sugar healthy in coffee?
So, without any further ado, let’s get straight into it and figure out once and for all if brown sugar is actually better than white sugar in any way.
If we’re being completely honest, brown sugar is not that much different to white sugar as it offers almost the exact same nutritional value. To be more specific, one teaspoon of white sugar contains 16 calories, while one teaspoon of brown sugar contains 11 calories.
Granted the caloric amount of brown sugar is slightly lower than white sugar but not enough to significantly impact your weight loss efforts.
However, brown sugar does contain some unique qualities of its own along with a slightly higher amount of minerals due to it also containing molasses.
In this section, we’ll be discussing why you should slightly favor brown sugar over white sugar when it comes to adding it to your coffee.
It’s a pretty known fact that every person’s taste buds are different which is why many of us like different types of foods.
Despite that, multiple people have claimed that brown sugar’s caramel-y and toffee-like taste is something white sugar just can’t match. The same people also praise brown sugar for having the same flavor notes as coffee, adding that it complements the drinks in multiple ways.
Brown sugar is naturally a more earthy and well blending sugar which is why many individuals believe that it tastes more natural than white sugar, which feels like an artificial sweetener.
All in all, by comparison coffee mixed with brown sugar just feels more natural than when it’s mixed with white sugar.
We just mentioned in no uncertain terms how brown sugar has a slightly richer flavor profile than white sugar.
This richer profile can help adjust the flavors in your coffee by not covering them up completely but adding to them with brown sugar’s rich and earthy sweetness. This is especially the case if you’re using natural brown sugar.
As a side effect you might not need to add as many teaspoons of brown sugar as you add of white sugar as its heightened flavor profile makes up for its lower quantity.
The only difference between brown sugar is the existence of about 5% of molasses in its makeup. The molasses in brown sugar’s blend ensures that brown sugar offers more nutritional value than white sugar.
That’s because it has trace amounts of important minerals like potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and phosphorus.
Now, it’s true that brown sugar does not contain huge amounts of these nutrients but they still make it the healthier option when compared to white sugar.
Brown sugar gets its characteristic brown color from its molasses content. However, as you might’ve known, there are two types of brown sugar — light and dark brown sugar. Their color difference is basically because of the different percentages of molasses in their makeup. Let us break it down for you:
- Light brown sugar is made up of 3.5% molasses.
- Dark brown sugar is made up of 6.5% molasses.
Due to its high molasses content dark brown sugar has the more caramel-y, toffee like taste of the two and can be quite overpowering when added to coffee.
So, it eventually all boils down to how you like your coffee. If you prefer your coffee to have a toffee-like taste that covers up the natural aroma of the beans then light coffee is for you.
On other hand, if you’re a true coffee lover and enjoy smelling the aroma of the fresh coffee roast in the morning then we’d advise you to go with the dark brown variant.
The daily consumption of caffeine itself can aid greatly in your pursuit to lose weight. Caffeine has a marked effect on increasing the amount of triglycerides (fat) your body burns.
Additionally, coffee can also increase the amount of adrenaline in your body which in turn helps with the overall process of breaking down excess fat.
However, some individuals claim that adding in brown sugar instead of white sugar to your coffee can really help in losing weight. And to that we say, not necessarily.
Yes, brown sugar offers slightly less calories than white sugar and contains a few more trace minerals, but the amount of nutritional value it offers is still almost the same.
Brown sugar can be better for your health in the long term but that does not necessarily mean that it can help you lose weight. So, if you’re thinking of switching to brown sugar just to lose more weight then we’d advise you to think again.
And that’s all we have for you folks when it comes to our answer to the question: Is brown sugar healthy in coffee?
Overall, we’d give a slight edge to brown sugar over white sugar just because of the small amount of trace minerals brown coffee contains. But if we’re being realistic there isn’t much difference in the nutritional value both brown sugar and white sugar offer.
But, if you do want to get an expert opinion on the matter then we’d suggest connecting with Ayesha Nasir, one of the leading nutritionists and dieticians in Pakistan.