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Panela is the Colombian name for a non-centrifugal sugar product. What does that mean? It's not processed as much as conventional sugar you buy from the supermarket, so all or most of the natural molasses content is retained. The molasses content is what contributes to the gold or dark brown colouring of these sugars. Because they’re less processed than refined sugars, non-centrifugal sugar products are considered more beneficial for human health and the environment.
Refined conventional sugars don’t retain any of the potentially good parts of sugarcane. That includes vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, such as:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E
Panela also contains more complex carbohydrates than your conventional sugar products. If you’re an athlete looking for sustained energy release, then panela is your preferred option.