COCONUT SUGAR

NATURAL SWEETENER

Nutrition Facts per 100 grams:

Energy: 375 kcal/ 1569 kj

Protein: 0 g

Carbohydrates: 100 g

-of which sugars: 75 g

Fat: 0 

Salt: 9 mg

Origin: Indonesia

Why is it good?

Organic coconut sugar is a new, delicious and one of nature's most perfect sweeteners. Coconut sugar is produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar has a naturally low GI (35), which is half of the GI of regular sugar. That is why the energy from palm sugar is released in the body slowly - unlike the usual ‘’highs and lows’’ of white sugar. With its low GI coconut sugar is a great way to live a healthy, but still a sweet life! 

  • Electrolytes. Coconut sugar contains potassium, magnesium, and sodium, which are all essential for regulating your body’s water content as well as many heart, nerve, and muscle functions. It has nearly 400 times more potassium than regular sugar.

  • A low-glycemic indexRegular table sugar has a glycemic index (GI) of 65, while coconut sugar has a GI of 35. This is much closer to the GI of the sugar that’s naturally found in fruits, which is around 25.

  • Minerals. Coconut sugar contains iron, zinc, and calcium, which can have many health benefits, including stronger bones.

  • NitrogenNitrogen helps support the cardiovascular system and helps keep your heart healthy.

  • Vitamin CVitamin C is best known for helping support your immune system and keeping you from getting sick, but it also supports healthy joints and skin.

  • Raw antioxidants. Since coconut sugar is just dehydrated coconut sap, it’s considered a raw food—this means that it retains all the rich antioxidants found in the original source. Antioxidants fight off the oxidation of cells in the body, which helps combat aging.

  • Short-chain fatty acids. Coconut sugar contains healthy fats that are known to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.

  • InulinInulin is a type of dietary fiber that helps keep your gut healthy, prevent colon cancer, and balance your blood sugar.

  • Less sucrose. While standard table sugar is pure sucrose, coconut sugar only contains about 75 percent sucrose. The other 25 percent is composed of nutrients, fiber, and other “good stuff.” So for the same amount of sugar, you’re consuming less of the “bad stuff” and simultaneously increasing your nutrient intake!

  • No bone charIn some cases, regular sugar is processed with bone char from animals in order to produce its white color and fine consistency. However, coconut sugar is an unprocessed product that comes straight from the coconut tree—so you don't have to worry about whether animals were harmed in the making of your sweet treats! (via Peta.org)

How to use it?

The possible culinary uses for Sommer Foods Organic Coconut Sugar are endless because it can be used as a 1:1 replacement for cane sugar.

 

Add it anywhere you'd regularly use sugar, such as in tea, coffee, desserts, and smoothies. You can even sprinkle it on popcorn for a sweet caramel flavor!