Coconut Palm Sugar - The New Top Sugar Substitute
It seems as if coconut palm sugar is attracting a lot of attention these days. It's being advertised as a sustainable, nutritious low-carb sugar substitute.
Have you ever wondered where this tropical sugar really comes from? And how’s it suppose to be better than the typical granulated white sugar? I personally... have always liked to do some investigation before I just jump on the bandwagon for the next big health craze. I’m sure you’re the same way. Just waiting to find out if you need to restock the shelves with this new substitute or continue with the other natural sweeteners as usual.
What is Coconut Palm Sugar?
This pure coconut sugar is naturally produced from the sweet nectar of the coconut palm tree. Although there are several different varieties of the palm trees, the coconut sugar is made from the nectar produced from the coco nucifera variety.
All of this time, I'd been thinking it came from the same palm tree that produces Palm Oil. Companies are now selling it globally in natural food markets, but be careful where you purchase it. I've found out that there are bootleggers out there that will sell you coconut palm sugar blended with malt and white sugars. You should always check the product to make sure it says "pure". Well, I'm pretty sure you check labels anyway.
What are the benefits of this coconut sugar
It's quick, progressive gain in popularity among the global health community is due to its reportedly naturally low glycemic index. It has been looked at as a valuable substitute for sugar for those with diabetes and those looking to control blood sugar.
So what’s the big deal, why would I want to switch sugars? Well, I also discovered that compared to other sweeteners available commercially... palm sugar has a very high count of macro and micro nutrients. This is more than likely due to the fact of it being less processed than industrial sugars.
What does palm sugar taste like?
I’m sure some of you may not even care for the numbers or nutritional value. You just want to know how it tastes. I’m overjoyed to inform you that, in my opinion, it tastes wonderful. I mean the flavor is nothing short of amazing. It reminds me of brown sugar, but with more of a complex flavor. It has a rich complexity that you’ll never taste in any industrialized sugars.
There are a number of great reasons for you to consider substituting coconut palm sugar into your kitchen in place of white or brown sugars. But I think the most obvious benefit would be its incredible flavor.