Being a dessert lover, of course I’m concerned about the amount of sugar my family consumes, so I was really excited to try coconut palm sugar. This sugar is also known as coconut sugar and is produced from the sap of flower buds from a coconut palm. It’s been around for thousands of years but we seem to be hearing about it more often, perhaps as we take a vested interest in our health and the foods we consume.
Coconut palm sugar is more commonly available as a granule, much like turbinado sugar, only darker in color. Here are some benefits of coconut palm sugar:
- Is considered safe for diabetics (please see disclaimer below)
- Can help stabilize glucose levels
- Rates low on the glycemic index
- Very high in mineral content
The taste is similar to brown sugar with caramel overtones. It can be used in place of regular sugar at a 1:1 ratio, and in my testing, it did very well except when caramelizing crème brulee, where white sugar would already be the best choice.
There are a lot of brands on the market so the choices can be overwhelming. What I like about this one from Xylitol Canada is that it is certified organic and available at a great price, even better when purchased in bulk.
It was not a difficult transition for us and we barely tasted any difference in our morning tea and coffee. We used the exact same amount that we normally did with regular sugar or turbinado sugar (Sugar in the Raw). The only problem we encountered was when we ran out and went back to regular white sugar. It tasted soooo sweet!!! We immediately purchased more coconut palm sugar; this time in bulk!
You can also purchase products from their location (call ahead of time):
160 Davenport Road
Toronto, Ontario, M5R 1J2
Keep in mind that coconut palm sugar is still a sugar, and should be used sparingly.
This review is based solely on my usage of the above product. It is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should always consult with your physician or other health care professional before starting any supplementation or use of products that may conflict with your medications, or if you have any health concerns.
Product is courtesy of Xylitol Canada. This is not a paid advertisement.