Why consume panela over regular refined sugar? Well, apart from its delicious taste, panela actually has nutritive properties that make it a healthier choice than other sugars and sugar substitutes.
Refined and crystallized sugars undergo a multi step process that flushes out the vitamins and minerals found in the sugarcane plant. Panela is a non-centrifugal sugar. Due to its lack of processing it retains much higher quantities of nutrients including magnesium, iron, calcium, manganese, and potassium.