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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
Contains more Calcium +8200%
Contains more Iron +1320%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains more Potassium +6550%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Contains more Copper +571.4%
Contains less Sodium -96.4%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 25% 27% 7% 2% 12% 4% 1% 16%
Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper 1% 2% 0% 0% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Contains more Calcium +8200%
Contains more Iron +1320%
Contains more Magnesium +∞%
Contains more Phosphorus +∞%
Contains more Potassium +6550%
Contains more Zinc +200%
Contains more Copper +571.4%
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 A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 3% 8% 10% 1% 0% 0%
Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 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 +∞%

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

All nutrients comparison - raw data values

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

Which food is preferable for your diet?

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is better in case of low diet
Brown sugar Sugar
Low Fats diet Equal
Low Carbs diet ok
Low Calories diet ok
Low glycemic index diet ok

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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

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 - 6)
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.

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.