Coconut sugar is less processed and lower on the glycemic index than most other sugars.
Coconut sugar is also known as coconut palm sugar. It’s made from the sap of a coconut palm tree that has been dehydrated. Coconut sugar is golden brown in color and typically found in a coarse grain similar to brown sugar with a caramel flavor. Coconut sugar is much less processed than most other sugars, especially cane sugar.
Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar:
Unlike most other forms of sugar, coconut sugar has a bit of fiber present in the form of inulin. This helps regulate blood glucose levels by slowing down the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream.
Coconut sugar is still sugar and should be treated as such. With that being said, it is a bit less processed and lower on the glycemic index when compared to its counterparts. There are also an abundance of minor nutrients found in coconut sugar as you can see below!
Nutrient Breakdown of Coconut Sugar:
*Minor nutrients found
- Amino acids
- Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6
- Carbohydrates — 70-80% sucrose, 9% fructose and remaining glucose
How To Use:
Coconut sugar can be used as a replacement for any other form of sugar. It can be used in baked goods, deserts and anywhere else you would like a small boost of sweetness!
Store coconut sugar in airtight containers in the pantry to avoid getting any moisture trapped inside.