Coconut Palm Sugar = Seamless Sugar Alternative
Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2014
Sugar substitute: probably one of the most depressing combinations of words out there. There is one that we’ve found, however, that will fool even the pickiest sweet tooth, and that’s coconut palm sugar.
Coconut palm sugar is a natural sweetener made from the sap of a coconut palm tree. Aside from being an easy swap for white table sugar (1:1), it has lots of different health benefits and nutrients.
- For the fatigued: No post-indulgence blood sugar crash
- For the diabetic: Low glycemic (about half of white table sugar), raises blood sugar slowly
- For the overweight: Curbs your appetite so you’re not in danger of overeating
Whereas white table sugar is devoid of nutrients and contains essentially “empty” calories, coconut palm sugar contains the minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium, and Potassium, as well as antioxidants that may provide some health benefits.
Why replace white table sugar?
Aside from the fact that it’s high-calorie and contains no essential nutrients, it can spike glucose levels in the blood, leading to insulin resistance and eventually diabetes. The spike in insulin levels that white sugar causes can also contribute to the development of cancer. White sugar causes massive dopamine release in the brain, which can lead to addiction, and consuming so many unsatisfying calories leads to overeating and weight gain.
If you’d like to replace your white sugar with coconut palm sugar and don’t have access to an organic health foods store, you can order it online from a number of sources, such as iHerb.com. You’ll want to make sure to get pure coconut palm sugar, as some companies will sell it as a blend, which doesn’t have the same nutritional benefits.
If you’re interested in purchasing other raw, organic food, find out if Bountiful Baskets distributes in your area (http://www12.bountifulbaskets.org/?page_id=6&state=WY&producttype=BOTH).