WHY WE LOVE COCONUT SUGAR
Why is sugar so bad for us? Well, refined sugars not only contain empty calories but also rob the body of valuable nutrients and can contribute to many health issues.
Sugar has many different names including sucrose, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup and high-fructose corn syrup. These are all SUGAR IN DISGUISE! ‘’No problem’, you might think, ‘I’ll just use some agave syrup in my baking’…. but WAIT! Agave syrup and other so-called healthy natural sweeteners aren't any better for you than high-fructose corn syrup, due to their high fructose content.
Why is high-fructose corn syrup so bad for us? As its name implies, it is very high in fructose. If not eaten in its whole fruit form (which also contains fibre) an overload of fructose turns to fat in the body which can lead to a fatty liver.
If you still want to enjoy the sweeter things in life then there is a perfect alternative which is not only low in fructose but also contains many health benefits - COCONUT SUGAR, plus it also tastes delicious!
Coconut sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree. It is extracted by cutting into the cut flower buds then draining the sap and gently heating it until the water has evaporated, resulting in the sweet and delicious coconut sugar!
10 BENEFITS OF COCONUT SUGAR
1. It contains trace amounts of vitamins B and C which help to support your immune system and keeping you from getting sick as well as supporting healthy joints and skin.
2. It contains minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium which have many health benefits including stronger bones.
3. In total it contains over 400 times more electrolytes than regular sugar; potassium, magnesium and sodium are all essential for regulating your bodies water content.
4. It contains antioxidants which help to fight off oxidation of cells in the body which result in ageing as well as phytonutrients and healthy short chain fatty acids which are known to help prevent high cholesterol and heart disease.
5. It has a low GI - measuring 35 on the glycaemic scale - meaning that unlike regular table sugar it doesn’t cause as much of a blood sugar spike and subsequent crash. This effect on insulin is disastrous for diabetics so coconut sugar is a great alternative.
6. It contains inulin - a type of dietary fibre - that helps to keep your gut healthy, prevent colon cancer, and balances blood sugar levels.
7. It only contains 75% sucrose (unlike regular white sugar which is 100% sucrose); the remaining 25% contains valuable nutrients and fibre.
8. Unlike agave nectar and high-fructose corn syrup, coconut sugar only contains only small amounts of fructose. Fructose is a type of sugar which quickly turns to fat in the body – unless in its fresh fruit form (which contains fibre) – and large amounts is not good for our bodies. Agave nectar contains 90% fructose and high-fructose corn syrup contains 55% fructose.
9. It is 100% natural, contains no artificial ingredients and has not been chemically altered in any way.
10. It has been named the most ‘sustainable sweetener’ by The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. The coconut palm trees use minimal amounts of water and fuel and they produce fruit for about 20 years.
You can find coconut sugar in your local health food shop and some supermarkets.