Coconut Palm Sugar

Coconut palm sugar is a granulated sugar that comes from palm trees.

It is not made from the coconuts themselves but from the flowers growing on the trees, which produce a liquid nectar.

In appearance it is a brown granulated sugar. It has a very pleasant flavor which is quite different from ordinary brown sugar.

Uses:
Can be used in place of ordinary sugar. It is granulated and easy to spoon. Very nice on cereal and in coffee, though it imparts an unusual flavor in tea. Certain brands are suitable as part of a raw food diet. Not really suitable for diabetics, unless counted as part of carb intake and carefully regulated.

Benefits:
It contains more minerals and vitamins and then ordinary sugar and has a pleasant taste. it is reputed to have a lower glycemic than sugar.

Concerns:
Coconut palm sugar is essentially a fairly pure form of sugar. It is mainly composed of sucrose with smaller quantities of glucose and fructose. Therefore, there is really no reason why it should have a lower glycemic index than sugar. All articles that refer to the amazingly low glycemic index are based upon the same test. Without other independent tests it cannot be confidently assumed to have such a low index.

Production:
It is made from made from the flower blossom of the coconut tree. The nectar is collected, and is boiled to remove the water and concentrate the sugar. Unlike other forms of sugar production, chemicals are not used either to modify or extract the sugar.

Sold As:
Sweet Tree sell an excellent organic product.

Interesting facts:
It is truly a natural product, and is not refined in any way. Unlike Agave Syrup enzymes are not used to convert any of the sugars. It is also a reputed to be a very sustainable form of agriculture.

Approval:
Does not require approval.



Conclusions and Summary:
Very pleasant and natural form of sugar, and it is a good source of minerals and vitamins. However it contains no fibre and is almost pure sugar. It is also very expensive. It is not suitable for diabetics and care needs to be taken to avoid excessive consumption. Nevertheless a far superior product to Agave Syrup.

Name Calories / Gram Sweetness Index Glycemic Index Calories / Spoon-Equiv
Coconut Palm Sugar 4 1 35-50 16

Taste: -------- Good
Aftertaste: ---- No
Concerns: ----- Yes




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