Coconut sugar, also often referred as palm sugar, coconut palm sugar or coconut nectar has been used traditionally for thousand of years in South-East Asia for cooking, baking and mixing with beverages. Coconut sugar comes from golden coconut palm blossom nectar that is tapped from the flower buds of the coconut palm and minimally processed without involvement of chemical/artificial ingredient in the production, resulting a high purity of natural sweetener.
High Nutrient Content Sweetener
Coconut sugar is naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. It contains potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, some amino acids and vitamins B1, B2, B3 & B6 as well as antioxidants. Regular table sugar has no nutrients other sucrose and calories. We don't say coconut sugar is superfood, but it certainly offers higher nutrient that white cane sugar.
Lower Glycemic Index
The glycemic index (GI) is the measurement of how carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels after eating. High GI foods are rapidly digested and absorbed by the body and cause powerful spikes in blood sugar. Low-GI foods in contrary are absorbed more slowly, preventing health damaging insulin spike and therefore produce lower and slower rise of the blood sugar, which have proven benefits for health.
Regular table sugar ranks 60-65 on glycemic index. The index of high-fructose corn syrup, the most commonly used sweetener in processed foods in the USA, is 75. Other popular natural sweetener, maple syrup has a GI of around 54. The GI of coconut sugar is 35, lower than these other sweeteners and making it a better option.
Coconut Sugar is Sustainable
According The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the World Bank, coconut sugar is the single most sustainable sweetener in the world because coconut palm trees can produce more sugar than sugar cane, around 50-75% more per acre, and use less soil nutrients and water in the process. One coconut tree can be tapped continuously for the next 2 decades and moreover it can survive in damaged soil and actually restore it. So coconut palm trees not just provide healthy sweetener for human being but also benefit the environment ecologically.
How amazing is that!