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Coconut sugar is also commonly referred to as: coco sugar, coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar.
and more people are turning to healthier food alternatives. We all know
that high fructose corn sugar and cane sugar are not good for us.
There is a healthier and in my opinion, better tasting sugar called coconut palm sugar.
What does coco sap sugar taste like?
Coco sugar has a caramel taste to it. The taste can vary from season to season, area to area and with the different types of coconuts harvested.
So, in short, coco sugar is collected from the coconut flowers of the coconut palm tree as a liquid. It is collected in containers. The sap is boiled until it turns into a thick syrup called the “toddy”. Once dried, you have organic coconut palm sugar. (Wouldn't we all love to live near a natural source, I just know I’d get fat ;-) The sugar may come in different forms such as sugar crystals, granules, larger hard pieces, soft paste or liquid.
What does Diabetes.org say about the benefits of coconut sugar?
GI (Glycemic index) is the measure of how fast a specific food will raise blood sugar levels. Table sugar has a GI of 60, while coco sugar has a low 35 GI rating. Keep in mind that GI differs from person to person.
Coco sugar contains a fiber called Inulin. This substance helps to slow down glucose absorption. But, not all Coco sugar products are made equally. GI may differ from one to another depending on the way they were made.
(Any type of sugar including coco sugar)
So maybe we shouldn't be asking the “coconut sugar vs cane sugar” question, but whether we should be eating any sugar at all.
A healthy coconut sugar substitute would be Xylitol, which is made from birch trees. This Xylitol contains no fructose, compared to the over 40% fructose content of Coco palm sugar.
Yes, it is. It is completely natural and is made without chemical processes. Be sure to buy from a good, organic, reliable source though.
point to consider before buying coco sugar is whether the sugar is pure
or not. There have been rumours about companies mixing coconut palm
sugar with white sugar to improve the taste. Raw organic coconut sugar
does sometimes naturally have a bitter aftertaste to it. Research your
company before buying from them.
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