Alternatives for sugar are always a hot topic, and at free Mind Health we have only two that we even consider! The one we are discussing today, is Coconut Sugar. It is a source of minerals, vitamin C, B vitamins, and some amino acids and has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in South and South-East Asia.
What is it?
Coconut sugar is the boiled and dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. It is made by making a cut on the coconut palm flower and collecting the liquid sap that comes from this cut. The liquid sap is then either boiled down or evaporated and granulated.
What does it do?
In comparison to normal sugar and sweetener, coconut sugar contains traces of healthy multi-vitamins such as vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Sweeteners derived from cane sugar can overly stress the pancreas as the glycemic index of these sweeteners is high compared with coconut sugar. The glycemic index measures ranks coconut sugar at 35 and normal sugar; (brown or white) ranks between 60 and 75.
As a happy bonus, Coconut Sugar is also earth-friendly, with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization naming coconut palm sugar the most sustainable sweetener in the world in 2014. The trees use minimal amounts of water and fuel, especially compared to sugar cane production, and produce for about 20 years.
Coconut sugar can be used in coffees and teas, and when cooking or baking. It is versatile and is easily substituted for cane sugar in baking recipes in a 1:1 ratio, which is really practical, and it has no coconut flavor and so does not drastically alter the flavor of the dish.
150g - R45.00
1kg - R130.00
5kg - R550.00