Raw and unrefined sugars have the same sweetness as table sugar, but offer a more complex flavor. Raw sugars, such as turbinado, demerara and organic cane sugar, have a delicate molasses flavor and aroma. They are perfect for adding a touch of flavor to coffee, tea, cappuccino, latte and cocktails. Turbinated sugar (unrefined sugar) is a delicious alternative to white sugar.
It looks like brown sugar, but the crystals are less processed, resulting in larger, thicker, crunchier granules and higher molasses content. Nutritionally, it is similar to granulated white sugar, although many consider it healthier. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 1 teaspoon of turbinated sugar has 18 calories, while 1 teaspoon of white sugar has 16 calories. A teaspoon of turbinated sugar also contains 1 milligram of potassium and calcium.
If you like the rich taste of molasses, use turbinated sugar instead of granulated white sugar, keeping just a few things in mind. Muscovy sugar (which is dark, sticky, and good for barbecue sauces and marinades) is unrefined, minimally processed cane sugar. Technically, unrefined sugar can be used as a substitute for granulated sugar in most recipes, but it could affect the overall texture of baking.