I’m not an advocate of sugar at all and really try to avoid it as much as I can on a daily basis. When I do eat sugar, it’s definitely a treat and is usually a special dessert out at a restaurant, but I realize that sugar is a necessary evil that does get used on a daily basis. My thought on sugar is if you’re going to use it, be informed and used the best kind of sugar or natural sweetener that you can find.
A new favorite of mine is coconut palm sugar which is made from coconut tree nectar that is dried and then crystalized into an all natural sweetener. It’s full of nutrients like potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, nitrogen, sodium, calcium and amino acids that are absent in other sugars and sweeteners, and is great for stabilizing your sugar levels. It scores very low on the glycemic index (35 out of 70 on the GI scale), which measures how quickly your body absorbs sugar into your bloodstream from the foods that you consume. This means that you’re not going to have the huge spikes in your blood sugar levels like you do from other sweeteners, which cause sugar crashes that leave you feeling hungry, sluggish and can lead to weight gain.
A couple of good things about coconut palm sugar is that is measures the same way as sugar – an absolutely equal substitute so you don’t have to worry about conversions, is great for baking, and it doesn’t have a chemical taste live stevia or some other sweeteners. It does have the same calories as regular sugar, but it is a better low carb substitute.
When buying your coconut palm sugar, read the labels carefully and make sure that you’re buying 100% pure organic coconut palm sugar with no additives or fillers like white cane sugar. You can find it at most natural food markets, or online so it’s super easy to find.