Coconut Sugar: Great Tasting White Sugar Alternative

Coconut Sugar: Great Alternative Sweetener
Coconut Sugar: Great Alternative Sweetener

I just tried organic coconut sugar for the first time and love its advertised "light caramelized flavor" in coffee. After researching coconut sugar online, I found that even though it contains just about the same calorie count as white sugar, 15-16 calories per teaspoon, coconut sugar, derived from the coconut blossom sap, has the following benefits:

  • it contains vitamins, minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron) and amino acids (white sugar has no mineral content)
  • it has a relatively low Glycemic Index (GI) of 35, which means it takes about twice as long as white sugar (GI of 60-80) for the body to absorb
  • it is rated as a highly sustainable food (produced mostly in the Philippines and Indonesia)

Despite its benefits, though, coconut sugar is still sugar, which is great in moderation as a flavor enhancer but poor overall as a sound nutritional source. 

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Amy Buttiglieri December 31, 2013 at 07:39 AM
Exactly right, Bruce! Coconut sugar is gaining in popularity as a natural sweetener. Did you know there is also Coconut Nectar, which is a syrup form? I see your blog shows Madhava brand. Coconut Secret is also a good brand for both Crystals and Nectar.
Bruce Tretter December 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Thanks, Amy. Appreciate your comment. Haven't checked out coconut nectar, which is where coconut sugar comes from, but looking forward to checking it out sometime soon. Happy New Year! Bruce


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