What Are the Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar?
We take it in our tea, or coffee. We eat it in cakes, cookies, and other desserts. Don’t even begin to wonder how much processed food we consume is containing this one notorious ingredient. Sugar certainly makes life sweeter, but at what cost? Fortunately, people nowadays are more health conscious, and starting to turn their unhealthy life around by replacing sugar with natural sweeteners.
One of those natural sweeteners is coconut sugar. Made from the sap collected from the flower buds cut from the coconut palm. Not all kinds of coconut trees can be used to make coconut sugar. Lucky for us, most of these trees usually can be found in Indonesia, other than the Philippines and Thailand.
One major factor that stands out from coconut sugar is that it is natural and not refined, meaning coconut sugar retains its vitamins and minerals, which includes vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, and B6, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Another health advantage that coconut sugar has over regular refined sugar is that it contains much less fructose (3 to 9 percent).
People with diabetes will be pleased to hear that coconut sugar has a glycemic index of 35, this is because coconut sugar contains a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption. The average glycemic index of other sweeteners are as follows: table sugar (68), brown sugar (64), honey (55, but there is a wide range), maple syrup (54), and agave syrup (15). That is why coconut sugar is classified suitable for diabetics because it does not have a dramatic impact on blood sugar levels.
Coconut sugar has a hint of butterscotch and caramel taste that is similar to that of brown sugar. The flavor of coconut sugar may varies from batch to batch, depending on the species of coconut used, and the time of year of harvest. Despite those differences, coconut sugar still came out as the winner over regular table sugar when considering health benefits and taste-wise!