What is Coconut Sugar?
Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut palm tree, not from coconuts. It looks similar to brown sugar and has a strong caramel taste and is produced in the Philippines and other parts of southeast Asia. Harvesters tap coconut palm sap by cutting into the tree’s flower-bud stem to access its nectar. The sap is then mixed with water, boiled into a syrup, and dried in order for the mixture to crystallize. Once this process is complete, the dried crystals are broken down into a granule consistency.
Benefits of Coconut Sugar
Coconut sugar undergoes very little processing making it a great plant-based natural sweetener. It contains the soluble fiber inulin, which has been linked to a lower risk of blood sugar spikes. Coconut sugar is also believed to:
- Prevent low blood sugar
- Decrease chances of a blood sugar spikes