Living The Sweet Life With Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar is quickly becoming the darling of the coconut movement, hot on the heels of coconut oil and coconut milk; with coconut sugar being lauded by many experts and holistic health professionals looking for an alternative to the white stuff.
Having a family history of diabetes I made the decision to quit sugar; since then I have been on the lookout for a product that delivers flavor without the negative effects associated with adding sweetener.
For years I toiled in the world aspartame, with it’s in poison like aftertaste, even dabbling in xylitol; but every time I was left wanting more- more flavor with less aftertaste.
That is until I found coconut sugar. This all natural and unrefined sugar substitute is incredibly low on the glycemic index; yet highly nutritious and sustainable. Due to its low glycemic index, thirty five compared to honeys fifty five and cane sugars sixty eight, makes coconut sugar an excellent choice for those living with diabetes.
Although, the name would suggest a very coconut like flavor- the name is misleading; the flavor of coconut sugar is that of creamy caramel- incredibly rich like butterscotch; which makes it an excellent choice for baking. Another aspect that makes coconut sugar great for baking is its high burn point and low melt temperature-meaning it melts fast but won’t burn!
The health benefits associated with consuming coconut sugar are long and becoming quite storied; with 16 amino acids, 12 vitamins, 13 minerals, and rich in iron, potassium, magnesium and both vitamin B and C, it’s no wonder why the holistic nutrition world is falling hard for coconut sugar.
In addition to providing our bodies with essential vitamins and minerals, coconut sugar helps to lower LDL cholesterol and regulate diabetes- yes, you read that correctly, there is a sugar that can regulate blood sugar! And there’s more!
In a world consumed by going green, coconut sugar is an incredibly sustainable source of sweetness; because the plant that produces coconut sugar is able to produce 75% more sugar per acre than that of sugar cane, while using less than 1/5 of the soils nutrients.
When looking for coconut sugar the label should state “unprocessed or “organic”; and fear not if the color varies from batch to batch.
Because coconut sugar is a natural sugar and therefore unprocessed, no two batches will ever be the same. The evidence is becoming clear that all things coconut, including sugar, are to be applauded for their nutrient content and their ability to integrate into any healthy eating lifestyle; and because coconut sugar is typically grown by small farms in developing nations, it’s not only the perfect choice for our health but for our planet too!
Author Bio Bianca Osbourne is a freelance writer and natural foods chef, she focuses on super food recipes for health; which she believes is the best anti-aging skin care treatment. Along with a passion for food, she is passionate about a holistic approach to wellness; she educates women on natural birth control and how to take their health into their own hands. She travels the world hunting new adventures and experiences.