3 Health Reasons To Make The Switch To Coconut Sugar
Have you been doing more baking lately? It seems like everyone is making banana bread, muffins and cookies! Have you ever heard of baking with Coconut Sugar?
Today we’re going to go over the health benefits of Coconut Sugar, and 3 reasons you might want to try it in your next recipe.
Coconut Sugar, also called coconut crystals or coconut palm sugar, can be a great alternative to refined white sugar when baking or cooking. The golden brown coconut sugar is the dehydrated and boiled sap of the coconut palm. In other words, it’s hardly processed. It looks and tastes much like brown sugar with a slight hint of caramel. Coconut sugar has caught the attention of many of those who are health conscious as it boasts numerous health benefits.
3 Health Benefits of Coconut Sugar
1. Low glycemic index
The glycemic index (GI) is a measurement that evaluates the impact of carbohydrate-containing foods on our blood sugar and blood glucose levels. Coconut sugar is low on the GI which means that it won’t spike your blood sugar or your insulin levels. Stabilizing your blood sugar is essential to reducing cravings, improving mood and supporting weight management.
2. Higher In Nutrients
Refined white sugar is what we call “empty calories”. It can provide energy for the body but doesn’t have any additional health benefits. While Coconut sugar may have a very similar caloric value, it also contains antioxidants, calcium, iron and potassium.
3. Good For Your Gut
Coconut sugar contains the fibre inulin. Inulin helps to promote the growth of our good gut bacteria, specifically Bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria help to support balanced flora in the digestive system which improves immune function and supports the synthesis of certain vitamins such as thiamine, folic acid, biotin, and nicotinic acid
So why not try Coconut Sugar in your next recipe? It’s low on the GI scale, it contains trace amounts of minerals and antioxidants and helps your gut flora with its fibre inulin.
To replace white sugar with coconut sugar in your recipe, the ratio is usually 1 for 1 (use 1 cup of coconut sugar for 1 cup of granulated sugar).