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Sugar in the Raw?

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I was searching for something to sweeten my green tea and came across a box of 'sugar in the raw'. It is only 20 calories a little packet.  What I would like to know is if anyone else uses it and if they have any information on it. Like is it good for you? Or at least better for you than regular sugar? I have difficulty using artifiical sweetners... I don't know if it's in my head or if they truly make me sick. If anyone knows anything about raw sugar please let me know! Thanks!
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I love sugar in the raw but as far as your digestive system goes, it's the same as regular sugar just bigger browner granules.  The flavor in it is awesome, texture rocks too. It's fabulous in iced coffee. Sadly now though being on a 1200 calorie diet I need every extra calorie for food so I have switched to splenda. I miss my iced americano with sugar in the raw though.
Raw (turbinado) sugar is MUCH less processed than white sugar. It's brown because the molasses naturally occurring in sugar cane is left instead of removed to make white sugar.

I think it seems sweeter than white sugar (probably b/c of the molasses) so I tend to use less of it. Using less is always a plus :)
For me it has the opposite effect. I find it less sweet than the regular so use more. I use 4-5 packets in a single ice coffee where if it's regular refined sugar I use 1 pack. I also LOVE the flavor and texture so it induces me to gobble it down ... can you tell I am an addict?!?! :)
If it is less processed than white sugar then it MUST be better for you! Maybe something similar to brown rice and white rice. Brown is much better but it still is rice. Just wihtout the horrible processing. I'll try it for awhile and see how it goes. I'm only using it in the green tea I started drinking... going to see if that boosts my metabolism at all or fills me when I get the urge to snack.

Thanks for all the replies!
I don't know how much better turbinado sugar is for you than white sugar, but it's probably just some antioxidants or soemthing.  I use it, though.

Another thing, don't use your brown sugar in a bag thinking that it's better for you than refined white sugar.  All that stuff is is white sugar with added molasses.  Kinda defeats the purpose!
i like the taste of sugar in the raw - but i don't really like sweet stuff.  if i used it at all, i might be 1/4-1/3 of a packet in an espresso or something.  still, i think it's much better than refined sugar.  and as long as you're not shovelling it in your drinks all day - what's 20 calories, right?

i think it's far better than splenda or the other synthetic products.

wouldn't count on antioxidants, though.
I love Sugar in the Raw - it gives a much better flavor to coffee than just plain white sugar.   And since it is less processed, there's a lot more of the natural anti-oxidants in it (or so I've heard).

I'm not sure why, but the CC database gives a better grade to brown sugar (C) than white granulated sugar (D).
Definitely better than white, processed sugar.  Infinitely better for your body than artificial sweeteners!

Did you know that most brown sugar is just the white stuff with molasses artificially added back in?  It's not really less processed, it's just got a part taken out and then added back in later.  Someone can correct me if I'm wrong here, but that's what I'm remembering.
Well, brown sugar probably IS a little better than white because of the molasses in it, but if you're trying to stay away from things that are highly processed, then they're about the same.
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