Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut plants. To create coconut sugar, the sap is collected and then heated until the water has evaporated. This sugar has long been used by people in South and Southeast Asia.
The Philippines and Indonesia are the world's biggest producer of coconuts.
Coconut sugar still has very high levels of fructose and should be used conservatively.
Coconut sugar found in stores typically comes in granulated form. Store in airtight mason jars in the pantry.
If your local store doesn’t stock coconut sugar, you can find it in many online health shops.
For a healthy body scrub, you can use coconut sugar as a base for your scrub.
Coconut sugar is the least processed out of all the sugars on the market.
Coconut sugar is similar to brown sugar in flavor - sweet with a hint of caramel.
Where and when coconut sugar is harvested will influence its color and level of sweetness.
Coconut sugar can be substituted for any sugars (white or brown) in baking recipes.
Since coconut sugar is coarse, your baked goods will have a speckled look.
When coconut sugar first moved into the spotlight, it was celebrated as a healthier alternative to sugar. While coconut sugar does contain a higher level of minerals such as iron, zinc, and calcium than regular sugar, it still contains fructose and should be eaten in moderation.
It also contains Inulin, which slows the rate at which the body absorbs glucose.
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