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Coconut sugar: the properties of this natural sweetener

Coconut sugar: the properties of this natural sweetener

Although it has the same calories of common white sugar, this product has a lower glycemic index: here are all its characteristics!

It is not a miraculous product, nor is the perfect replacement for white sugar, but coconut sugar has very interesting properties and characteristics. It is a natural sweetener and it’s not refined, and these are just two of its qualities. Let’s find out all its properties and how to replace white sugar with it in our recipes.

Coconut sugar: calories

Let’s start from the first thing we want to know: can you use this type of sweetener if you are on a diet? Actually, its calorie content is not that different from white sugar’s. 100 grams of product contain about 380kcal, while the other type contains 390.

Therefore, we don’t have to let its “raw” look fool us. Because it is not refined, it looks like cane sugar, both for the irregularity of its grains and its brown color. However, it is not a hypocaloric sweetener, unlike, for example, stevia.

However, one of its interesting characteristics is its glycemic index. It is very low, therefore it hinders the quick rising of blood sugar levels.

Coconut sugar and diabetes

What does having a low glycemic index mean? This type of sugar contains a substance known as inulin, a soluble fiber that slows down the food absorption in the intestine. Thanks to its properties, coconut sugar does not make glycemia rise, a thing people suffering from diabetes must take care of.

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However, this does not mean diabetetic people can have this sweetener whenever they want, but it can be one of the best products to avoid eliminating sugar at all from their diet. Of course, before taking it it is better to ask your doctor.

Other properties

Inulin also has other qualities. It promotes digestion and regulates the intestine activities. Moreover, it also has prebiotic powers (meaning it helps developing the right intestinal bacteria) and it keeps blood cholesterol and triglycerid levels under control. Furthermore, it promotes the absorption of calcium and magnesium and lowers the risk of colon cancer.

How to use coconut sugar?

When it comes to replace white sugar with this product, you need to remember that it tastes more fruity. Other than this detail, you can use the same grams in your recipes.

As it is rich in nutrients, you should eat this sweetener raw, or for making food that you will cook under 40° C. This in the only way you make sure its nutritional values stay intact.

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