I will admit, i put it in my smoothies sometimes, especially if im low on fruit. I've heard some people say its raw, but i assure you it's not. Here's the DL on coconut sugar:
Coconut sugar is not produced from coconuts. It is a product of the coconut tree, or more specifically the sap obtained from coconut tree's flower buds. It is sometimes called coco sap sugar or coconut palm sugar. The blossoms are cut and the nectar is collected into bamboo containers.
The resulting nectar is about 80% water and is heated to evaporate the liquid. The remaining solid is granulated. The granules are brownish and larger than those you would find in standard table sugar. The taste is very similar to regular brown sugar.
Chemically speaking, 70% of coconut sugar is identical to table sugar. It is a disaccharide called sucrose, made up of 2 monosaccharides: glucose and fructose. The rest of coconut sugar is composed of the individual molecules of fructose and glucose, as well as trace minerals.
From a caloric perspective, coconut sugar is identical to table sugar, 4 calories per gram. But despite being so similar, the glycemic index of coconut sugar (36) is substantially lower than that of table sugar (60). Glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how a food affects blood glucose after being consumed. The higher the GI, the more of a spike you will experience in your blood glucose. These spikes are not good. The lower GI of coconut sugar has made it popular is the diabetes circles.
Do you use it? For or against it?
In my opinion, its great in moderation.
Please read this article : Coconuts or Coconut Sugar - A Coconut Tree Cannot Produce Both : http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/coconut_palm_sugar.htm
What do you think about it?
I do not use this type of sugar. I have never tried it. I heard it is very good: almost addictive.
it tastes a lot like brown sugar. i dont love it, would put it in coffee or on fresh fruit outside of a smoothie. but it adds some nice sweetness to smoothies and more carbs/calories. which is what i need when i DO use it.
oo interesting title. im going to look forward to reading this.
Great article, Elisheba, I will not purchase this sugar for my teens (they are not following my HCRV diet) but will continue to buy cane sugar for them instead.
i honestly think cane sugar is much worse for the enviorment than coconut sugar. Especially since i live on maui and have to live w/ the constand cane burnings. Its hell. Black ash everywhere. It even gives my dog asthma attacks.
really? my mum bought a bag, didnt like it, and gave it to me. its better than raw sugar, but not as tastey as the white granulated kind imo.
I have found organic coconut sugar at Walmart.
When i say supliment, i mean maybe 100 cals once a week, here and there, if im short a banana or something. but good advice mate. C:
I use it cause it tastes uhmazing
I'm all for it. Coconut sugar is delicious and provides a different flavor and more calories if you're struggling on this lifestyle. I make sure its organic though.
what's the glycemic load?
i has to do with how much glucose enters your blood stream at a time. lower glycemic load means the sugar enters your blood stream more slowly.