Coconut sugar , also known as palm sugar or coconut palm sugar, is one of the most popular sweetener in cooking.
The reason for its popularity lies not only in the pleasant taste, but also the wide applicability and the fact that it is healthier than many other sweeteners.
Coconut sugar is thousands of years used as a sweetener in South and Southeast Asia.
Today is very popular in Indonesia, and is becoming increasingly common around the world.
Taking advantage of coconut trees in order to obtain the sugar does not damage the tree and does not affect its ability to give other coconut products.
The wealth of nutrients
Coconut sugar is made from nectar collected by cutting a coconut flower.
The best coconut sugar real evaporation of coconut juice in the bowl of flowers while no crystals remain.
Evaporation is carried out at a temperature of about 40 degrees Celsius, and takes one to two hours. Thanks to such a low temperature, enzymes, vitamins and minerals remain intact.
On the other hand, xylitol and agave nectar meets the criteria of a low GI-I, but are highly sophisticated.
Stevia syrup and brown rice are better options, however, have their own specific taste, which does not fit all.
In contrast, coconut sugar has a pleasant flavor that most of the other natural sweeteners is reminiscent of the taste of ordinary sugar, but is much healthier than their white cousins.
Made from the sap of the flower buds of the coconut palm, coconut sugar is a source of many minerals, vitamin C, vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6 and several amino acids.
It contains twice as much iron and four times more magnesium and ten times more zinc than brown sugar, which is regarded as a fairly healthy sweetener compared with white sugar.
Coconut sugar helps fight overweight because it regulates the ratio of cholesterol in the blood, suppresses appetite and reduces the feeling of hunger.
Therefore, it is extremely convenient for a healthy and balanced diet.
The ideal food for diabetics
Because of the extreme low-glycemic coconut sugar is particularly suitable for diabetics.
Sweeteners derived from sugar cane can overload the pancreas due to the high glycemic index.
Even the maple syrup has a relatively high glycemic index compared with coconut sugar.
The glycemic index (GI) is a rate that indicates how quickly blood sugar rises after eating certain foods.
A high GI means that are quickly absorbed into the food raising blood sugar, which leads the pancreas to secrete large amounts of insulin.
Low GI indicates foods that are absorbed more slowly, there by preventing an increase insulin to levels that could damage your health.
We bring you a list of the glycemic index of many well-known sweetener on the market. Please note that higher GI means a faster increase in blood sugar.
Comparison coconut sugar and other sweeteners by GI-in:
Stevia – 0
Ksilitol – 7
Brown rice syrup – 12
Coconut sugar – 30
Raw honey – 35-58
Sucanat – 43
Organic sugar – 47
Maple syrup – 54
Black treacle – 54
Juice of the cane – 55
Raw Sugar – 65
Corn syrup – 75
White sugar – 80
High fructose content syrup from corn – 87
Glucose – 100
How to use coco sugar?
Coconut sugar you should use every day, as a complete replacement for sugar.
The flavor is similar to brown sugar than coconut flour and do not significantly alter the flavor of a dish.
It is very versatile and in many cases can replace cane sugar.
You can add it to green smoothies juices, hot and cold drinks, a variety of desserts, cereals and fruit salads.
It is also excellent to ease the spicy dishes.
Of course, moderation is the key, and with the use of natural sweeteners, and sugar and coconut.
The rule is that the natural sweeteners should not account for more than 5% of the total calories per day.
Here are some inspirational ways to use coconut sugar in your kitchen this season.
1. Coconut cream maker
Time of making is just 3 minutes.
1 can coconut milk
1 soup spoon of sugar coconut palms
1 soup spoon of vanilla in dust
The container with a lid, combine all ingredients.
Put the lid on the jar and shake well.
Store in the refrigerator.
2. Chocolate Milkshake
Easy to prepare, chocolate milkshake is a favorite sweet snack.
It also includes superior ingredients that have a beneficial effect on your body – coconut sugar, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.
These ingredients will provide you the required amount of energy.
Ingredients for 1 person:
1 cup almond milk
1 large frozen banana
2 tablespoons coconout sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 soup spoon Dissolved cocoa butter
2 tablespoons beans cocoa
Defrost bananas and melt cocoa butter on the steam.. Put in blender all the ingredients and mix until you get a creamy milkshake.
3. Peeling for lips
Some cosmetic products containing coconut sugar, because it cleans the surface layer of the skin and removes dead skin cells. And yourself you can make homemade exfoliating lips of coconut sugar.
Time for making is 2 minutes.
1 tablespoon raw coconut oil
1 soup spoon Sugar coconut palms
1 teaspoon honey in small glass jars
In a small bowl Pour all ingredients and mix well.
Transfer the mixture into a glass jar.
Rub the mixture into the lips to remove dead cells.