Sugars - is one better than another one?

Recently I have been experimenting with all kinds of sugars/sweeteners in my cooking. I guess the BIG question for me is: Should I use one over another?

So I decided to do a little research on all of them. I actually went to my local organic market and purchased several types of the different sugars. I wanted to actually taste them, put them in some of my recipes to replace the traditional white table sugar and basically just see if one is better than another one.

Here is some of the things I found about the different ones:

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Coconut Sugar ..

Also called Coconut Palm Sugar does have quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm. For instance, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants.

Despite frequent claims that coconut sugar is fructose-free, it’s made of 70–80% sucrose, which is half fructose.

So basically coconut sugar supplies almost the same amount of fructose as regular sugar, gram for gram.

Finally note from my observation as far as taste is it is good but not quite as sweet when replacing in recipes.

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Sucanat

Is a sugar that is less processed by extracting the juice from the sugar cane. It is darker in color and in regard to taste still maintains the sweetness of table sugar but has more of a molasses taste.

From everything I read this sugar is better than the traditional refined sugar in that it has levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin A.

However as with all sugars to much of it carries the same risk as table sugar.

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Other Sugars…

I could go on about ALL the other sugars but everything I read about them was a lot the same. Basically they have different ways they are processed, which affects their taste, as well as their consistancy and color. All of this also affects how well they mix into different recipes.

The biggest thing to keep in mind when using a sweetener in ANYTHING is that natural sugar from fruits and vegetables is ALWAYS best!

Also here was a little bit of information I also found interesting. The average intake that women should have in regard to processed sugar (NO MATTER THE PROCESS) is 6 teaspoons for women and 9 teaspoons for men.