Over the last two years, we’ve witnessed a mass exodus away from agave nectar and a search for more natural sweeteners that are both low on the glycemic index and high in nutrient density. Several candidates have emerged, but the winner has become coconut sugar, which is really more like a coconut caramel sap.
This sweetener is fast becoming extremely popular among raw foodies, vegans and vegetarians. Many have switched from agave nectar to coconut sugar.
Use a coconut sugar (sap) that is a 100% pure organic crystallized coconut sap . It’s best harvested from the sap of unopened coconut blossoms, then boiled under controlled heat to drive off the water and condense the liquid to a dark brown sap. There are no additives used, no bleaching, and absolutely no stripping of minerals or other nutrients. It’s not a raw food, however. Cooking the sap is a necessary part of concentrating it, just like with maple syrup, which is really a concentration of the watery maple sap.
The result is a thick, liquid “caramel” sap that’s brown in color and extremely sweet. It tastes almost like fudge, and some people even eat it like fudge. (Intense sweetness!) It is used in smoothies, and found to offer the most full-spectrum sweetness taste from any natural sweetener. Agave nectar is great, but coconut sugar is so much better — it actually reminds one of the richness of raw cane sugar juice that one used to drink in South America.
Works in smoothies, recipes and hot beverages
This caramelized coconut sugar is also very handy in its sap format: It melts easily in hot beverages, it mixes easily in recipes, and it blends easily in smoothies. Amazingly, it’s only 12% sugar, and it’s high in potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron. It’s also high in several key B vitamins, so eating it is not just delicious; it’s also healthy!
You will be amazed by the taste of coconut sugar. There’s nothing like it in the world of natural sweeteners. Try it straight! It’s an intense, fudge-like taste with an amazing texture that just melts in your mouth. Drop it into smoothies or recipes to give them a taste of heaven.
The claimed glycemic index (GI) of this food is 35 — which is extraordinarily low for a sweetener
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