What is the difference between granulated sugar and cane sugar?

In this brief article we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between cane sugar and granulated sugar?”, and discuss the composition, benefits and adverse effects of cane sugar. We will also discuss what granulated sugar is, composition, health benefits and adverse effects of granulated sugar and safe consumption value of sugars.

What is the difference between cane sugar and granulated sugar?

The difference between granulated sugar and cane sugar is that granulated sugar is made of sugar beets and sugar cane, whereas cane sugar is solely made from sugar cane. Granulated sugar is more processed than cane sugar.

Granulated sugar is white or brown and cane sugar has a blonde colour. The flavour of the granulated sugar is less intense than cane sugar. Granulated sugar and cane sugars are used in baked desserts, sweet drinks and ice cream.Granulated sugar is known as processed sugar whereas cane sugar is known as natural sugar.

What is the composition of cane sugar?

Cane sugar has 16 calories and 4 grams carbohydrates with no other nutrients in a tablespoon.

What are the benefits of cane sugar?

Cane sugar is beneficial in providing energy which comes from the presence of simple sugars known as glucose which can be carried and taken into cells to be converted to energy. The excess glucose taken in the form of cane sugar can be stored as glycogen in fat cells which keeps the body’s blood glucose in balance.

As long as you do not consume extra calories, this type of storage can be considered healthy and keeps your body in the state of satiety and keeps functioning without the need to eat.

Cane sugar also stimulate a feel good hormone known as serotonin which can improve and enhance mood and therefore alleviate stress and anxiety

What are the adverse effects of cane sugar?

Eating too much cane sugar can have a rebound effect on your body. It can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

What is granulated sugar?

Granulated sugar is white table sugar which is most commonly used by the majority of people. Granulated sugar is refined – it may be fully or partially refined. The size of sugar granules may vary – from very fine to coarse.

What is the composition of granulated sugar?

1 teaspoon sugar contains 15 calories and 4 g carbohydrates with 0 fat, 0 fibres and 0 proteins. 

What are the health benefits of granulated sugar?

Granulated sugar provides an instant source of energy which can be useful for patients having low glucose levels often. The simple sugars from sugar can be converted to glucose for the cells to use for their energy and functioning, while the rest can be turned to fat and stored. 

Sugar is beneficial in the food processing industry, and is widely used to enhance flavour, to add texture to food, to add bulk and improve shelf-life of packaged foods. Sugars are also used to make foods moist. A major use of sugars is in the process of fermentation to make various products such as wines and alcohols. 

What are the adverse effects of granulated sugars?

Increased consumption of granulated sugars added to foods during food processing such as soft drinks or carbonated beverages, baked goods, snack foods, ketchup, salad dressings and soups, in coffees and cereals, to milk, in desserts, pastries and baked goods, can lead to glucose intolerance, insulin resistance type II diabetes, obesity and heart diseases. 

What is the maximum safe amount of sugar that should be consumed in a day?

The maximum amount of sugar which should be consumed in a day is 150 calories or 37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons for men and 100 calories or 25 grams or 6 teaspoons for women. These guidelines are under the American Heart Association (AHA).

According to the US dietary guidelines, people are advised to keep their total sugar intake to less than 10% of their daily calories. 

A standard is given that for a person consuming 2000 calories, this would make upto 50 grams of sugar or 12.5 teaspoons.

Conclusion

In this brief article we are going to answer the question,”What is the difference between cane  sugar and granulated sugar?”, and discuss the composition, benefits and adverse effects of cane sugar. We also discussed what granulated sugar is, composition, health benefits and adverse effects of granulated sugar and safe consumption value of sugars. 

References

https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/8891-natural-cane-sugar-vs-granulated-sugar
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-cane-sugar
https://www.verywellfit.com/granulated-sugar-nutrition-facts-calories-and-health-benefits-4119871
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-sugar-per-day#safe-amounts

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