Coconut sugar is a natural sweetener that give much more benefit than regular granulated sugar. Thank you for coconut, we can use many parts of it for our daily life. Not only drinking fresh and healthy coconut juice, but also flower of it can give us tasty sugar.
Coconut sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:
- A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.
- The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.
The end product is brown and granulated. Its color is similar to that of raw sugar, but the particle size is typically smaller or more variable.
Coconut sugar and coconut nectar contain a fiber known as inulin. This fiber may help slow glucose absorption. It offers an alternative for those dealing with diabetic concerns. Some studies show that inulin may help reduce the absorption of glucose, therefore, keeping glucose levels in check.
Because of the taste is similar to Brown Sugar, a lot of people use to put it in coffee and many cooking recipe. Moreover of the taste. The American Diabetes Association shares that while it’s OK for those with diabetes to use coconut sugar as a sweetener on a diabetic diet plan. They also recommend to use it the same way they would use table sugar because it contains just as many calories and carbohydrates — about 15 calories and four grams of carbohydrate per teaspoon.
However , please be careful when you buy it because many shop sell the mixture of normal sugar and coconut sugar to get more volume and profit.
Coconut sugar contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, though in small amounts. Iron and zinc, for example, are found in coconut sugar, containing about two times more than granulated sugar according to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI).
The FNRI also notes that there are a decent amount of phytonutrients, specifically polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidins. These phytonutrients help reduce blood sugar, inflammation and cholesterol, making coconut sugar a better option than many other sweeteners. The American Cancer Society explains that phytonutrients that come from plants offer many health benefits and are better choices than supplements or pills. For us, it is better to take natural product rather than pills 😉
The star fiber of coconut sugar –insulin has the ability to promote the growth of intestinal bifidobacteria, Bifidobacteria have been known to help restore the good bacteria in the gut and also boost your immunity.
Do note: In order to reap the maximum benefits of coconut sugar, you have to be a cautious shopper. Many brands may be selling coconut sugar mixed with cane sugar. Therefore, read the ingredient label carefully before purchasing. Coconut sugar, also known as coconut crystals or coconut palm sugar, may even be slightly more expensive in comparison to regular cane sugar.
The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement evaluating carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar and glucose levels. Coconut sugar ranks just 35 on this index, while regular table sugar ranks between 60 and 75. Foods high on the glycemic index cause your blood sugar to spike, which can lead to a sugar rush and subsequent crash. Fast spikes in blood sugar can also cause your insulin levels to soar in a short period of time, and this can have serious consequences for diabetics.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization named coconut palm sugar the most sustainable sweetener in the world in 2014. The trees use minimal amounts of water and fuel, especially compared to sugar cane production, and produce for about 20 years. It has no artificial ingredients and is not chemically altered in any way.