sugar comes in crystal or granule form, block or liquid. It is essentially a 2
step process. It starts with harvesting or "tapping" the blossoms of a coconut
tree. Farmers make a cut on the spadix and the sap starts to flow from the cut.
The sap is then collected in bamboo containers. The sap collected is then
transferred into giant woks and placed over moderate heat to evaporate the
moisture content of the sap. The sap is translucent and is about 80% water. As
the water evaporates, it starts to transform into a thick syrup-like substance
known as a "toddy". From this form, it is further reduced to crystal, block or
soft paste form, or it remains in this form. Essentially, coconut sugar's form
depends on the moisture content of the toddy.
Taste and Flavor
sugar is subtly sweet almost like brown sugar but with a slight hint of caramel.
However, since organic coconut sugar is not highly processed the color,
sweetness and flavor can vary depending on different factors. Coconut sugar's
color, sweetness and flavor can vary slightly from packaging to packaging
depending on the coconut species used, season when it was harvested, where it
was harvested and even the way the "sap" or "toddy" was reduced.
coconut sugar is 35 and is classified as a low glycemic index food.It is considered to be a healthier than
sugarandbrown sugar. It can be used as a 1:1 sugar
substitute for your coffee, tea, baking and cooking.
sugar has high mineral content, a rich source ofpotassium,magnesium,zincandiron. In addition to this it containsVitamin
B1,B2,B3andB6. When compared to brown sugar, Coconut Sugar has twice the iron, four
times the magnesium and over 10 times the amount of zinc.
sap which coconut sugar is derived from contains 16amino
acids. The amino acid which has the highest content in
coconut sap isGlutamine. Glutamine lutamine has been studied
extensively over the past 10–15 years and has been shown to be useful in the
treatment of serious illnesses, injury, trauma, burns, and
treatment-related-side-effects of cancer as well as in wound healing for
post-operative patients. It is known to reduce healing time after operations. It
is essential in states of illness or injury even requiring intake
Sugar is also rich in Vitamins.Inositolhas the highest amount of all the
vitamins found in the coconut sap. Among the reported benefits of inositol in
clinical settings are a reduction in the need for pain medication when patients
are given inositol, a reduction of edema in treatment of scald burns, and in
relieving the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Because of its beneficial effects
on the central nervous system and its role in the development of healthy cells,
Inositol is recommended as a treatment for anxiety, depression, bipolar mood
disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic disorders. In addition, there
is evidence to suggest that inositol may be useful in treating other mood
disorders and neuro-psychological disorders.
Philippine Food and Nutrition Research Institute released the following
information about their analysis of nutritive values found in coconut
Coconut sugar is quickly gaining popularity with both the
health conscious and diabetic community. Coconut sugar can be used
as a sugar substituteand is considered safe to
use for diabetics.Coconut sugar used to be only sold in specialty
Asian stores but companies are now selling it in natural food
markets and online making coconut sugar more accessible to
mainstream markets and making it a more viablesugar
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