Coconut Sugar is a Pure Gift To Healthy BakingBy
Sweeteners – Coconut Sap Sugar
How would you like to start baking with a HEALTHY sugar that is RICH with vitamins and minerals, has a very low Glycemic index of only 35, and tastes simply fantastic!
Coconut sugar has quickly become one of my FAVORITE healthy sweeteners. In addition to being one of the healthiest sweeteners that is now available in the market, this natural sugar works REALLY well in healthy baking.
Coconut sugar produces absolutely delicious muffins, cookies, cakes, and healthy desserts. There is NO taste of coconut from the sugar and I think it is the closest taste available of all the natural sweeteners to white, refined sugar.
What is Coconut Sugar?
- It is a whole food that comes directly from the coconut.
- This natural sweetener is produced from the nectar of a tropical coconut palm blossoms; as these flowers literally drip a “sweet sap.”
- This sweet sap is then kettle boiled until it is thick and caramelized, and then it is ground up into very fine crystals that are known as being the coconut sap sugar.
Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar
1. Very Low Glycemic Index Of Only 35 GI.
- This means that this sweetener is great for diabetics or for anyone wanting to eat a healthy breakfast or a healthy dessert. (please talk to your doctor first).
- It is also ideal for moms who don’t want their kid’s blood sugar to go up and down with wild and crazy kids! (Many other types of sweeteners are between 65 GI and 100 GI and coconut sugar is only 35 GI.)
- It is very good sweetener to use when making high energy snacks for kids so they will maintain their energy and mood throughout the day.
More information: Coconut Sugar, a New Wonder Sugar for Diabetics
2. Low Carb Sweetener
- Coconut sap sugar is 48% carbohydrate, 1.06% Protein, 0.44% Fat. The rest (almost 50% is minerals, vitamins, and water.) Other sweeteners like Rapadura are 98% carbs.
3. All Natural, Whole Food Sweetener that is NOT Processed or Refined
- This sweetener is 100% natural and is totally free from additives, chemicals, food coloring, and artificial flavoring.
- It is light brown in color and is not as fine as white sugar. However, it dissolves completely into your baked treats just like white refined sugar does.
4. Filled With Healthy Minerals
- This sweetener has many vital minerals in it such as; nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, chlorine, magnesium, sulfur and micro nutrients.
- This delicious treat is particularly high in potassium, zinc and iron; according to the Philippine coconut authority.
5. Contains Very Rich Vitamin B Complex Vitamins
- Contains many important vitamins such as (12) of the vitamin B complex, and Inositol, which used to be considered part of the B complex but is no longer. It is also rich in inositol.
- Inositol is being studied for a variety of benefits including the prevention of cancer and creating a calming affect to heal depression. It is also being studied as a valuable nutrient to increase hair growth, remove fat from the liver, and prevent heart problems.
More information: A chart on all the vitamins found in coconut sugar.
6. Has 16 Amino Acids In The Sap
- Coconut sap sugar is made coconut sap, which has 16 of the 20 amino acids. Isn’t that amazing!
- Glutamine amino acid is heavily found in the coconut sap, and is known as being one of the most powerful brain food there is.
- In addition, ironically enough, Glutamine is very helpful in decreasing people’s cravings for sugar.
More information: amino acids in coconut sugar
(Note: I am still researching if the amino acids are still a health benefit after the sugar has been boiled and ground. I will let you know what I discover.)
Coconut Sugar Is Also Good For The Environment
As if these super sweetener does not have enough to offer, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported that coconut palm sugars are the #1 most sustainable sweetener in the world!
In conclusion, coconut sap sugar is good for the environment, it is great for our bodies and it tastes amazing!
- Some coconut sugar manufactures add in “white refined sugar” to the final product to decrease the price. Make sure to look on the label to ensure that it is 100% coconut sap sugar. If one coconut sugar costs a lot less than others, this may be what is happening.
- The Nourishing Gourmet blog had a great blog post explaining how you can buy coconut sugar for really cheap prices at ethic stores. She offers pictures of a soft substance and a rock hard coconut sugar which I thought was quite interesting. (I have personally only used the granulated kind, but will try the others if they cost a lot less.) Please let me know what you find.
- You can buy granulated coconut sugar online or at many specialty stores. (I am partial to the SweetTree products)