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- Coconut sugar is also called coconut palm sugar. It’s a natural sugar made from coconut palm sap, which is the sugary circulating fluid of the coconut plant.
- It is often confused with palm sugar, which is similar but made from a different type of palm tree. Coconut sugar is the dehydrated sap of the coconut palm.
- Regular table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients and therefore supply “empty” calories. However, coconut sugar does retain quite a bit of the nutrients found in the coconut palm.
- Coconut sugar contains small amounts of minerals, antioxidants and fiber. However, its high sugar content outweighs any potential benefits.
- Glucose is given a GI of 100. For comparison, foods with a GI of 50 raise sugar levels half as much as pure glucose.Table sugar has a GI of around 60, whereas coconut sugar has been measured with a GI of 54.
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►Coconut sugar is the dehydrated and boiled sap of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar has caught the attention of many of those who are health conscious because of its low fructose content and low glycemic index. It also contains traces of some minerals and antioxidants as compared to regular white sugar.
►Most notable of these are the minerals iron, zinc, calcium and potassium, along with some short-chain fatty acids like polyphenols and antioxidants.
►Even though coconut sugar contains some nutrients, you would get a lot more from real foods. Coconut sugar is very high in calories (same as regular sugar) and you’d have to eat a ridiculous amount of it to satisfy your need for the above nutrients.
►Regular table sugar (sucrose) is 50% fructose and 50% glucose, while high-fructose corn syrup is roughly 55% fructose and 45% glucose. Coconut sugar is effectively fructose-free, it’s made of 70-80% sucrose, which is half fructose.
►Coconut sugar supplies almost the same amount of fructose as regular sugar, gram for gram. Although coconut sugar has a slightly better nutrient profile than table sugar, its health effects should be largely similar. Use coconut sugar in moderation, just as you would use regular table sugar.