- coconut sugar (crystallised coconut bossom nectar)*
Coconut sugar can be used as a one to one substitute for sugar in baking, desserts, drinks, smoothies, savoury meals and goes particularly well in coffee.
Coconut sugar is made from nectar taken from coconut flowers high in the treetops. It is then boiled down in large traditional steel woks into a solid – meaning it is not raw – until it is crystallised.
In Asia, a variety of palm sugars – including date palm sugar – are often sold under the name of coconut sugar or palm sugar. ROAR coconut sugar is made from the nectar of coconut flowers. It is a lot lighter in colour than other palm sugars and has a beautiful butterscotch/caramel flavour.
Coconut sugar contains macro and micronutrients that are not found in other refined sugars.
Claims that coconut sugar has a low GI (many companies claim coconut sugar has a GI of 35) are rather dubious and are based on Philippine Research Institute funded studies that are known to be quite flawed in their study design in terms of not referencing the correct product to compare it to. But despite this another piece of research has shown coconut sugar to have a lower GI than cane sugar (i.e. approx 61 vs 75) or to put it another way coconut sugar has a moderate GI and sugar a high GI rather than the low GI claimed in the aforementioned studies.
So either way Coconut sugar is thought to have a lower GI than refined sugar due to the fact it contains a fibre called inulin. Hopefully more research will be done in the area in the near future.
But coconut sugar is one best options of natural sugars in terms of GI and may be a better option as a sweetener in baking for parents who are concerned about giving refined sugars to their children or those wanting to reduce refined sugars in their diet. Perhaps most interesting is that the same study also showed that when coconut sugar is mixed with flour (i.e. like in baking) that there was no significant difference in GI than just flour on it’s own, meaning that it may not increase the GI of baking in the same way that adding sugar will*.
May contain traces of tree nuts. Packed in a facility that also handles tree nuts.