When doing my baking I prefer to opt for coconut palm sugar rather than refined white sugar. Is it a health food, though? Well…let’s just say it is less bad than white refined sugar, but it certainly isn’t a “superfood.”
Coconut sugar is a natural sugar made from sap, which is the sugary fluid of the coconut plant.
Coconut sugar is made in a natural 2-step process:
- A cut is made on the flower of the coconut palm and the liquid sap is collected into containers.
- The sap is placed under heat until most of the water has evaporated.
Regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients and therefore supply “empty” calories. Coconut sugar does retain quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm. Some of these are the minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits. (That being said, you would get a lot more by consuming food and you would have to eat a ridiculous amount to satisfy the body’s need for these nutrients).
Coconut palm sugar is also lower on the glycemic index, so it will have less effect on your blood sugar levels than white sugar.