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Brown sugar vs Sugar - In-Depth Nutrition Comparison

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How are Brown sugar and Sugar different?

  • Brown sugar has more Iron, and Calcium than Sugar.
  • Brown sugar contains 83 times more Calcium than Sugar. While Brown sugar contains 83mg of Calcium, Sugar contains only 1mg.
  • Brown sugar has less Sugar.

Sugars, brown and Sugars, granulated are the varieties used in this article.

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Mineral Comparison

Mineral comparison score is based on the number of minerals by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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1
Sugar
Contains more Iron +1320%
Contains more Calcium +8200%
Contains more Potassium +6550%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +571.4%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains less Sodium -96.4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 27% 25% 12% 7% 16% 1% 2% 4%
Iron Calcium Potassium Magnesium Copper Zinc Phosphorus Sodium 2% 1% 1% 0% 3% 1% 0% 1%
Contains more Iron +1320%
Contains more Calcium +8200%
Contains more Potassium +6550%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Copper +571.4%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains less Sodium -96.4%

Vitamin Comparison

Vitamin comparison score is based on the number of vitamins by which one or the other food is richer. The "coverage" chart below show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of the food
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1
Sugar
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 8% 10% 0% 0% 1%
Vitamin C Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Vitamin K Folate 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Contains more Vitamin B3 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B5 +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B6 +∞%
Contains more Folate +∞%
Contains more Vitamin B2 +∞%

Vitamin and Mineral Summary Scores

The summary score is calculated by summing up the daily values contained in 300 grams of the product. Obviously the more the food fulfills human daily needs, the more the summary score is.
Vitamin Summary Score
2
Brown sugar
0
Sugar
Mineral Summary Score
11
Brown sugar
1
Sugar

Macronutrients Comparison

Macronutrient comparison charts compare the amount of protein, total fats, and total carbohydrates in 300 grams of the food. The displayed values show how much of the daily needs can be covered by 300 grams of food.
Protein
1%
Brown sugar
0%
Sugar
Carbohydrates
98%
Brown sugar
100%
Sugar
Fats
0%
Brown sugar
0%
Sugar

Comparison summary table

Pay attention to the most right column. It shows the amounts side by side, making it easier to realize the amount of difference.
Brown sugar Sugar
Lower in Sodium ok
Lower in glycemic index ok
Lower in Sugar ok
Lower in price ok
Rich in minerals ok
Lower in Cholesterol Equal
Lower in Saturated Fat Equal
Rich in vitamins Equal

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Brown sugar Sugar
Low Calories diet ok
Low Fats diet Equal
Low Carbs diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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Comparison summary

Which food contains less Sodium?
Sugar
Sugar contains less Sodium (difference - 27mg)
Which food is lower in glycemic index?
Sugar
Sugar is lower in glycemic index (difference - 65)
Which food is lower in Sugar?
Brown sugar
Brown sugar is lower in Sugar (difference - 2.78g)
Which food is cheaper?
Brown sugar
Brown sugar is cheaper (difference - $0.1)
Which food is richer in minerals?
Brown sugar
Brown sugar is relatively richer in minerals
Which food contains less Cholesterol?
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The foods are relatively equal in Cholesterol (0 mg)
Which food contains less Saturated Fat?
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The foods are relatively equal in Saturated Fat (0 g)
Which food is richer in vitamins?
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It cannot be stated which food is richer in vitamins. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information. See the charts below for detailed information.

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

Nutrient Brown sugar Sugar Opinion
Calories 380 387 Sugar
Protein 0.12 0 Brown sugar
Fats 0 0
Vitamin C 0 0
Carbs 98.09 99.98 Sugar
Cholesterol 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Iron 0.71 0.05 Brown sugar
Calcium 83 1 Brown sugar
Potassium 133 2 Brown sugar
Magnesium 9 0 Brown sugar
Sugar 97.02 99.8 Brown sugar
Fiber 0 0
Copper 0.047 0.007 Brown sugar
Zinc 0.03 0.01 Brown sugar
Starch
Phosphorus 4 0 Brown sugar
Sodium 28 1 Sugar
Vitamin A 0 0
Vitamin E 0 0
Vitamin D 0 0
Vitamin B1 0 0
Vitamin B2 0 0.019 Sugar
Vitamin B3 0.11 0 Brown sugar
Vitamin B5 0.132 0 Brown sugar
Vitamin B6 0.041 0 Brown sugar
Vitamin B12 0 0
Vitamin K 0 0
Folate 1 0 Brown sugar
Trans Fat
Saturated Fat 0 0
Monounsaturated Fat 0 0
Polyunsaturated fat 0 0
Tryptophan
Threonine
Isoleucine
Leucine
Lysine
Methionine
Phenylalanine
Valine
Histidine
Fructose 1.11 0 Brown sugar

References

The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact links to the foods presented on this page can be found below.

  1. Brown sugar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168833/nutrients
  2. Sugar - https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/169655/nutrients

All the Daily Values are presented for males aged 31-50, for 2000 calorie diets.

Data provided by FoodStruct.com should be considered and used as information only. Please consult your physician before beginning any diet.