Brown Sugar Good for Diabetes ?? Should Diabetics Avoid Brown Sugar ?? Side Effects Of Brown Sugar ??

Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 6-Dec-2021Read Time : 3 minutes
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We know white sugar is not your friend if you have high blood sugar levels. But Some people believe brown sugar is better for diabetes. Is it true? Let us have a look in this detailed article- Is Brown Sugar Good for Diabetes?

  • Brown Sugar: Nutritional Profile
  • Advantages of Brown Sugar for Diabetes
  • Disadvantages of Brown Sugar for Diabetes
  • Risks of Overconsumption of Brown sugar
  • Best Healthier Alternatives of Brown sugar for Diabetics
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Brown Sugar: Nutritional Profile

One teaspoon of brown sugar contains 17 calories, 0 grams of fat, cholesterol, and protein, 1 mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates. The glycemic index score is medium for brown sugar: 64.

So, in 100 grams of sugar, you will find: 


380 kCal


0.12 grams


98.09 grams


1.0 mcg


0.1 mg


2.3 mg

Pantothenic Acid 

0.1 mg


28 mg


0.03 mg


9.0 mg


1.2 mcg


0.047 mg


83.0 mg


0.1 mg


0.71 mg


133.0 mg


4.0 mg


0.1 mg

Therefore, if compared to sugar, it is lower in calories, higher in potassium that is good for uterine contractions, and has simple carbohydrates that can be an instant source of energy.

Advantages of Brown Sugar for Diabetes

It is a controversy that brown sugar for diabetes is better than white sugar.

Why do I say that? Because white sugar and brown sugar come from the same crop, whether sugar cane or sugar beet, they are very similar. 

Most brown sugar is a mixture of white sugar and molasses, a syrup made from sugar. This syrup gives a darker color to it and slightly increases its nutritional value. Also, brown sugar contains slightly more calcium, iron, and potassium. However, the content of these minerals in brown sugar is minimal, so it is not a good source of vitamins or minerals.


Disadvantages of Brown Sugar for Diabetes

Well, health experts discourage the consumption of sugar due to its side effects.
Brown sugar side effects can cause various health problems, including

  • Obesity 
  • Excessive abdominal fat
  • Risk factors for type 2 diabetes, and further complications
  • Increased risk of depression
  • Liver disease
  • Dementia
  • Increased risk for certain cancers


Risks of Overconsumption of Brown Sugar

Brown sugar does not lower the sugar levels, but If you cannot avoid it due to social constraints or unavailability to customize your diet, take it in moderation. The use is normal-like white sugar, but you need to reduce the recommended quantity in your recipe as per white sugar.

All sugars are equally delicious because of their high-calorie content. If your family has diabetes, the high-fat content in the blood and brown (or any) sugar is said to harm your kidneys and pancreas because it increases the level of triglycerides in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease and inflammation.

Best Healthier Alternatives of Brown Sugar for Diabetics

You can use better and more natural alternatives of brown sugar to add the desired sweetness to your food: 

  • Stevia
  • Saccharin
  • Tagatose (90% sweeter than sucrose)
  • Aspartame
  • Sucralose
  • Acesulfame potassium
  • Neotame

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Due to its molasses content, brown sugar contains certain minerals, especially calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. The risk outweighs the benefits.
  • Excessive consumption of brown sugar causes risks of depression, liver damage, dementia and excessive abdominal fat.  
  • Sucralose is one of the best alternatives to brown sugar for a diabetic.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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