Coconut sugar is a completely natural sugar extracted from the fresh coconut tree sap, collected from the cut flower buds. The coconut sugar is produced by boiling and dehydrating the sugary fluid from very young flower clusters of the coconut palm. The sap is heated to evaporate moisture, resulting in the crystal or granular form of sugar. Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index compared to refined sugar, therefore it helps to maintain a healthy blood glucose level. This can be used as an alternative for white and refined sugar. Unrefined and unprocessed, it is considered to be healthier than other refined and chemical sweetener options.
Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar
– Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular sugar.
– Contains a high percentage of sucrose and low amounts of glucose and fructose.
– Coconut sugar is not refined or chemically altered and contains no artificial ingredients or synthetic substances.
– Coconut sugar contains vitamins and minerals derived from the coconut sap, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, short-chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants, and a fiber known as inulin.
– Coconut sugar contains a fiber known as inulin. This fiber may help slow glucose absorption, offering an alternative for those dealing with diabetic concerns. Studies show that inulin may help reduce the absorption of glucose, therefore, keeping glucose levels in check.
– Inulin has the ability to stimulate the growth of intestinal bifidobacteria, commonly found in probiotics, which can provide an overall boost to the immune system.
– Coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids, anthocyanidin, and antioxidants.