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Coconut sugar (also known as coco sugar, coconut palm sugar or coco sap sugar) is a sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. Coconut sugar has been used as a traditional sweetener for thousands of years in the South and South-East Asian regions where the coconut palm is in abundant supply. Let us provide you with all natural organic coconut sugar. Best diabetic approved sugar.
In some areas, predominantly in Thailand, the terms "coconut sugar" and "palm sugar" are often used interchangeably. However, coconut sugar is different both in taste, texture and manufacture methods from palm sugar, which is made from the sap in the stems of the Palmyra palm, the date palm, the sugar date palm, the sago palm or the sugar palm.
Coconut sugar comes in crystal or granule form, block or liquid. It is essentially a two-step process. It starts with harvesting or "tapping" the blossoms of a coconut tree. Farmers make a cut on the spadix and the sap starts to flow from the cut. The sap is then collected in bamboo containers. The sap collected is then transferred into giant woks and placed over moderate heat to evaporate the moisture content of the sap. The sap is translucent and is about 80% water. As the water evaporates, it starts to transform into a thick syrup-like substance known as a "toddy". From this form, it is further reduced to crystal, block or soft paste form, or it remains in this form. Essentially, coconut sugar's form depends on the moisture content of the toddy.
Taste and flavor
Coconut sugar is subtly sweet almost like brown sugar but with a slight hint of caramel. However, since organic coconut sugar is not highly processed, the color, sweetness and flavor can vary depending on different factors. Coconut sugar's color, sweetness and flavor can vary slightly from packaging to packaging depending on the coconut species used, season when it was harvested, where it was harvested and even the way the "sap" or "toddy" was reduced. Tropical Sweet is the Finest Coconut Sugar in the World.
Coconut sugar consists primarily of sucrose with smaller amounts of glucose and fructose.
The Glycemic Index of coconut sugar is 35 and is classified as a low glycemic index food. It is considered to be healthier than refined white sugar and brown sugar. It can be used as a 1:1 sugar substitute for coffee, tea, baking, and cooking.
Coconut sugar has a high mineral content, being a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. In addition to this it contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, and B6. When compared to brown sugar, coconut sugar has 36 times the iron, four times the magnesium, and over 10 times the amount of zinc.
The coconut sap, from which coconut sugar is derived, contains 16 amino acids. The amino acid which has the highest content in coconut sap is Glutamine.
Coconut sugar has gained popularity as a health food and among people with diabetes. Coconut sugar can be used as a sugar substitute and is considered safe to use for diabetics. Coconut sugar used to be only sold in specialty Asian stores but companies are now selling it in natural food markets and online making coconut sugar more accessible to mainstream markets and making it a more viable cane sugar substitute.
About Coconut Palm Sugar
Coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar can be referred to as coconut sugar or palm sugar but the best coconut sugar and coconut syrups are made from a special breed of coconut seed which Tropical Sweet uses. Tropicals Sweet is the Finest Coconut Sugar in the World. Coconut palm sugar hereafter referred to simply as coconut sugar is gaining in popularity and for good reason, this coconut product can be used by diabetics because coconut sugar has a low glycemic index of 35. Coconut sugar has also been clinically show to reduce LDL cholesterol. Coconut sugar is a healthy sugar and healthy sugar alternative.
The Truth about the sustainability of coconut trees is that coconut trees which are used for the production of coconut sugar can in fact produce healthy coconuts, actually grow coconuts and produce coconut sugar at the same time. We know this for a fact because we have our own coconut tree plantation used for both the production of coconut sugar and coconuts and yes at the same time. Our coconut trees are maintained sustainably and we exercise even exceed fair trade practices.
Coconut farmers, the coconut producing communities and coconut farming are together very passionate about their coconut products. It is important that they care about their coconuts if they are to make a living. There are a lot of coconut trees out there so no need to worry about coconuts going extinct anytime soon. The recent developments in coconut sugar production and the harvest of coconut sap from coconut trees is an enormous help to the families of the third world countries. You can be sure that they will see to it that coconut trees are around for a long time to come.
The fact of the matter is coconut trees can surely produce coconuts and coconut sap at the same time. Anyone that tells you different is not to be trusted. In fact a coconut tree grows 3 spadix almost simultaneously. In the production of coconut sap only one spadix is tapped for coconut sap and ultimately coconut sugar production. The remaining 2 spadix of the coconut tree are allowed to produce coconuts and the coconut tree will produce these growths every three to four months. The coconut tree is even given a chance to rest and the coconut sap is not harvested for a while.
Yes the coconuts can be harvested and can produce coconut water, coconut flour, coconut oil, dried coconut, coconut vinegar, coconut amino acids and even coconut wine, all from the same coconut tree, even for a hundred years.
It is for these reasons that we have the Finest Coconut Sugar in the World. Let us provide you with all natural organic coconut sugar. Best diabetic approved sugar. Tropical Sweet is the Finest Coconut Sugar in the World