I always say to my clients: “Sugar is sugar is sugar.” Whether it is white sugar, brown sugar (light or dark), evaporated cane juice (Florida Crystals, Succanat, Rapadura), date sugar or honey, it is all sugar. It’s not realistic to avoid sugar, and that’s not something that I promote in any way. The real question I find myself addressing all the time is: “What is the healthiest sugar to consume?”
What we commonly know as sugar is typically some form of granulated sugar whether white granulated sugar, sugar in the raw or brown sugar (either light or dark). All have little to no fiber; thus, when eaten, the sugar is immediately absorbed into the blood stream resulting in a spike in our blood sugar — something we ultimately want to keep at a minimum. On the other hand, liquid sugars such as honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup, barley malt and molasses all contain some fiber; thus, they get absorbed into the blood stream at a slower pace as fiber slows down absorption. Therefore, when choosing sugar, go with the liquid varieties.
If a recipe calls for a 1 cup granulated sugar, I typically suggest going with 3/4-1 cup liquid sugar as a replacement.
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