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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 2:00pm

 

1. Do you know what Coconut Sugar is? Smile

2. Have you ever used ground nuts in your pie crusts? Undecided

3. What are some things you do to make your food more nutritious? Smile

4. When you are fixing a meal for a crowd, do you adjust your menu to special diets or do you deal with that in another way?  Surprised

5. Do you use wheat germ?  Cool

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Sat, 01-12-2013 - 4:17pm

 

Hi Evelyn,

http://www.sugarcoconut.com/


Coconut sugar has been around for generations and has been used as a traditional sweetener primarily in South East Asia. Coconut trees thrive in tropical climates and coconut tree is abundant in that region. Due to the coconut sugar's low glycemic index classification, it has garnered quite a bit of attention in the western world particularly in the health conscious and diabetic community. With it's rise in popularity, a lot of resources about the subject matter became available online. However most if not all of the websites we have come across are not very user-friendly. Sometimes, you don’t even know where to begin and those other sites can leave you even more confused than when you arrived.

the goal is to present to you the information about coconut sugar in a more streamlined manner and to make it to make it as easy as possible to understand its health benefits and hopefully make an informed decision whether this amazing sugar substitute is right for you. Thank you for visiting the site!
 
  
What is Coconut Sugar? 

Coconut sugar is a natural sugar derived from the flowers of the coconut trees (cocos nucifera). It is also not highly processed as no additives, bleaching agents, or any chemicals are needed to make it. In fact, the only processing that takes place is heating the coconut sap to evaporate its water content. It is also considered to be healthier compared to other natural and artificial sugar substitutes. It has a low glycemic index and is more nutritious than typical granulated sugar. Although new to the western world, it has been around and been used as a traditional sweetener for generations particularly in South East Asian countries where the coconut tree grows in abundance.

It is also referred to and marketed as "palm sugar" and the terms palm sugar and coconut sugar are at times used interchangeably. They are not the same however. Coconut Sugar being derived from coconut palm, is a palm sugar but not all palm sugars are coconut sugars.

Some palm sugars are derived from palmyra as well as other varieties of palm family. Coconut sugar specifically comes from the coconut tree (cocos nucifera). To put it another way, coconut sugar is a palm sugar but NOT all palm sugars are coconut sugar. This is a very important distinction as other palm sugars do not have the same health benefits as coconut sugar.

 Other manufacturers mix coconut sugar with regular cane sugar to enhance the sweetness and market it as "palm sugar". If you would like to take advantage of coconut sugar's health benefits, read the label and make sure that it is made from 100% coconut palm or coconut sap.

Coconut sugar's taste is not as sweet as regular table sugar. It has a taste reminiscent of brown sugar but with a slight hint of caramel. It can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute. You can use it for your coffee, tea, baking and cooking! Coconut sugar is quickly gaining popularity ad a viable sugar substitute with people who want watch their calorie and sugar intake.
How is Coconut Sugar made? - Outlines the process of making coconut sugar.


What are the Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar? - This section contains the health benefits and nutritional values of coconut sugar.
 
Please consult a physician before making any dietary changes. I  urge you to research alternate points of view and make your own decisions as an informed consumer.
 
  I like the fact that it's low glycemic.  what do you think, Evelyn?  Surprised

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Fri, 01-11-2013 - 4:40pm

What is coconut sugar?