Sucanat is natural cane sugar and is also sometimes referred to as Rapadura. It is made by evaporating cane juice. Its making procedure does not involve processes like regular cane sugar. It has a high molasses content making it retain more vitamins and minerals than found in sugarcane.(1)
Sucanat has a brown color due to the presence of molasses in it and also gives it a distinct flavor. As fewer steps are involved in making this sugar, it is more environmentally friendly and lesser processed.
Nutritional Profile of Sucanat
It is a non-centrifugal sugar, which means traditional methods are used to prepare it. This sugar is high in calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron.(4) Additionally, non-centrifugal sugar is known for its antioxidant properties due to the presence of flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds in it.
But, a large amount of sucanat is need to be consumed to get a sufficient amount of minerals and antioxidants for good health. This might increase the risk of developing obesity, cancer, and dental cavities.(5, 6, 7)
Is Sucanat Better than Regular Sugar?
Compared with natural sugar, sucanat contains more minerals due to its molasses content. It is higher in magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium.
Not to forget, despite being richer in minerals than regular sugar, it is still a sweetener. It is linked with the development of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.(5, 6, 7, 8, 9) It should therefore not be eaten in excessive amounts and should be eaten with the same caution as natural sweeteners or other types of sugar.
Uses of Sucanat
The use of sucanat is similar to granulated sugar and can replace it or coconut sugar in baked goods. Its coarse texture and strong flavor cannot make it a one on one replacement for granulated sugar. Its ¼ cup can replace 1/3 cup of coconut sugar and its 3 tablespoons can be used in place of 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar.
Various uses of Sucanat are:
- When used in baking, it can be used after grinding as it may become more dissolvable and smooth.
- It can be used in making cookies and can be added to muffins, cakes, pies, and homemade granola as well.
- It can be used to stir fry vegetables along with teriyaki sauce.
- It can sweeten beverages like homemade juices, tea, and coffee.
Sucanat is highly versatile and can be used in various recipes according to individual preference of sweetness. It is a high mineral variety of whole cane sugar with high molasses content. It can be consumed in place of regular sugar but in moderation.