Coconut–it’s everywhere. From coconut milk, to coconut oil, to coconut palm sugar, and not to mention coconut water, you can’t seem to get away from it. Although I don’t mind, I have always had a love for coconut. But mainly the shredded kind.
Recently with the popularity of the Paleo diet, coconut has become a star player in the world of healthy eating. I know many people have started using coconut oil for cooking and baking, and I have been known to buy coconut milk creamer from time to time as a dairy-free alternative.
But I didn’t know much about these coconut products. And to be honest all the buzz about these products really sounds too good to be true. So I started doing a little research and thought I would share it with you here in this “Coconut…So Hot Right Now” series.
Over the holiday break a few family members of mine were telling me how bad they heard agave nectar was because of the way it is processed, and that a health expert they recently heard speak recommended using coconut palm sugar instead. This was news to me.
This sugar claims to be “low glycemic” and “high nutrient,” and according to the Big Tree Farms packaging it contains magnesium & nitrogen, zinc, potassium, calcium, and amino acids.
Needless to say I switched to coconut palm sugar right away! What’s better than low glycemic and getting a handful of nutrients in my morning coffee?
But wait…is this a little too good to be true?
Not sure. On the packaging it also includes an asterisk by its low glycemic claims about how this claim has not been proved by the FDA (although sometimes I take that with a grain of salt). And after reading about how agave nectar ranks as low glycemic, I definitely thought I needed to do a little research.
To be honest I am having a hard time finding anything super credible on coconut palm sugar as I think it still has not gained as much popularity as coconut’s other counterparts. So give or take their credibility, here are some articles I found pretty informational about coconut palm sugar that I thought I would share.
Even the Food Network has things to say about coconut sugar. This one reminds you that even though coconut sugar is said to be low glycemic, you are still getting just as many calories as regular sugar so be careful not to view it as a “low-calorie sweetener.”
I will probably keep using coconut palm sugar as I like the fact that it is not nearly as processed as any regular sugar you can find on the market and it does have some additional nutrients that make it appealing. But I will make a good effort to keep up on these findings as more research is released on this product.
The bottom line is that coconut palm sugar is still indeed a sugar, and with all sugars moderation is key.
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