I have recently tried coconut sugar in a few recipes, after a friend gave me a jar of it. One was a new recipe and I did not detect any difference. When I used in my pumpkin spice granola I did notice a bit of a coconut flavour. I then decided to do some research on what makes this a better choice that regular sugar. the following is the info that I cam up with.
Coconut sugar isn't a nutritional super food, but it does offer more vitamins and minerals than white table sugar. It contains trace amounts of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron and copper. Coconut sugar also provides small amounts of phytonutrients, such as polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanidin, and antioxidants. You'll also find the B vitamin inositol, often used as a mood booster, in coconut sugar.
Low Glycemic Impact
The glycemic index measures the effects of carbohydrates on your blood sugar. Coconut sugar ranks just 35 on this index, while regular table sugar ranks between 60 and 75.
The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization named coconut palm sugar the most sustainable sweetener in the world in 2014. The trees use minimal amounts of water and fuel, especially compared to sugar cane production, and produce for about 20 years. It has no artificial ingredients and is not chemically altered in any way.
In conclusion there are some health benefits and some environmental benefits to using coconut sugar over regular sugar, but if you are watching your sugar, It is still sugar. Some consider it to be on par with honey.
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