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Beet sugar vs cane sugar: Here's which one is healthier

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Washington [USA] | January 6, 2019 5:42:22 PM IST
While both beet sugar and cane sugar are found in a variety of food, the question remains as to what is the difference between the two and which one is healthier.

Notably, beet sugar is derived from the sugar beet plant and along with the sugarcane, it is the most common pant used in the production of white sugar. Sugar beets are also used to produce other types of refined sugar, such as molasses and brown sugar.

However, since the source of the sugar is not disclosed on food products, it can be difficult to determine which sugar they contain.

According to a story published in healthline, one of the biggest differences between beet and cane sugar is their processing and production method. While beet sugar is made using a process that involves thinly slicing sugar beets to extract its natural juices, cane sugar is produced using a similar method but sometimes processed using bone char, an ingredient made by charring the bones of animals. Bone char helps bleach and filter white sugar.

However, the two types of sugar work differently in recipes, especially when it comes to flavour.

Beet sugar has an earthy, oxidized aroma and burnt sugar aftertaste, whereas cane sugar is characterized by a sweeter aftertaste, fruity aroma.

Notably, cane sugar is said to caramelise more easily and result in a more uniform product than beet sugar. Beet sugar, on its part, can create a crunchier texture and has a unique taste.

However, consuming high amounts of either beet or cane sugar can contribute to weight gain and the development of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and liver problems.

Health organisations such as the American Heart Association, recommend limiting intake of sugar to lessen than 6 teaspoons per day for women and less than 9 teaspoons per day for men.

However, many consumers prefer cane sugar over beet sugar due to concerns about genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

Some people are in favour of genetically modified crops as sustainable source of food that is highly resistant to insects, herbicides and extreme weather, while others prefer to avoid GMOs due to concerns of antibiotic resistance, food allergies and other possible adverse effects on health.

However, if consumers are worried about GMO crops, it's best to select cane sugar or non-GMO beet sugar to help minimise GMO exposure. Furthermore, while beet and cane sugar differ slightly in taste and may work differently when used, beet sugar contains bone char, which may be important for vegans or vegetarians.

In conclusion, both beet sugar and cane sugar are composed of sucrose, which can be harmful to the health when consumed in excess, therefore, while there may be difference between these two forms of sugar, consuming either type should be kept in moderation as part of a healthy diet. (ANI)

 
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