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Coconut Palm Sugar — The Newest Healthy Sweetener

A spoonful of sugar makes the panic attacks go away?  Well, maybe it will help.

One of the newest sugars on the alternative sweetener aisle has been around for hundreds of years in southeast Asia.  Now it is quickly becoming the favorite here, too.  Coconut palm sugar has the advantage of being natural, minimally processed, good for you, and low glycemic.  Sound good?

The sugar is made from the sap of the coconut palm, grown mainly in the Philippines.  The farmers make a slit in at the base of the coconut flower and the sap which would be  otherwise flowing into the flower to make a coconut is diverted into a bamboo bucket.

Coconut palm sugar tastes slightly like brown sugar but has twice the iron, four times the magnesium and more than 10 times the amount of zinc.  It also contains vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6.  It contains16 amino acids, including Glutamine which has been shown to be useful in the treatment of several illnesses, injury, trauma and burns.

Inositol is another vitamin found abundantly in coconut sap.  Among other things, Inositol is known to relieve the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy and is recommended as a treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar mood disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and, yes,  panic disorders.  I’m not sure how much sugar you would need to eat to get enough Inositol to do you much good, but it would certainly be a pleasant treatment!

This sugar has a low glycemic index of 35, is not ridiculously expensive, and has the same number of calories of white table sugar. It substitutes 1:1 in recipes.

So what’s the downside?  I found a Web site proclaiming “The Other Side of Coconut Palm Sugar” and thought, “Here’s the bad news.”  To my surprise, the bad news was that sugar was becoming so profitable that the farmers were harvesting the sap instead of growing coconuts, which would lead to a shortage of coconut and coconut oil.  No adverse effects of the sugar at all.

Tastes good, is low glycemic, and substitutes easily for white sugar.  If it had lower calories it would be perfect, but as a healthy alternative, it comes pretty close.

Eating to live and living for Christ,

Susan Jordan Brown

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posted April 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I’m glad it has been a help! I’ve certainly learned a lot doing the research. I have to say that I’ve been giving molasses a try, but so far have not grown accustomed to the taste. I’m going to keep trying, though, because it sounds like it is so good for the bones — a consideration at my age!

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posted April 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I agree. Even if there is a short-term shortage, I think it will even out soon. Thanks for your comment!

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posted April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I found it at our local health food store. It’s also available online, but of course that means added shipping and handling.

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posted April 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Thank you for all this research you have done on these sweeteners and all of the rest!! Can you steer to a good place to purchase this coconut sugar? It does sound like an interesting add to the pantry.

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frederick schilling

posted March 30, 2012 at 9:35 pm

In response to this comment –
So what’s the downside? I found a Web site proclaiming “The Other Side of Coconut Palm Sugar” and thought, “Here’s the bad news.” To my surprise, the bad news was that sugar was becoming so profitable that the farmers were harvesting the sap instead of growing coconuts, which would lead to a shortage of coconut and coconut oil. No adverse effects of the sugar at all.

This is absolutely not the case and is very misleading unfortunate propaganda being put out by a coconut oil company. In short, if you have traveled to the tropics, you will know that there is absolutely no shortage of coconut trees or coconuts. I believe the only reason this company is putting out this propaganda, is that their supply of coconut oil is being compromised because farmers make more money selling the sap.

Coconut farmers make very very little money selling coconuts, which makes coconut oil. If I were a coconut farmer, I know which I’d rather sell.

Bottom line, there is absolutely zero shortage of coconuts in the world. It is very unfortunate that this company is spreading incorrect propaganda.

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Kristin E

posted March 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

molasses, not mosses, lol

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Kristin E

posted March 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

Susan, I must say, I have LOVED this series in sweeteners! So much helpful info on ones that are familiar and that I’ve never heard of. This is one to try for sure. Still doing mosses in coffee. Probably the only thing I could handle using it in for now. Thanks!

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