HEALTHY SUGAR ALTERNATIVE
WHY SHOULD ORGANIC COCONUT SUGAR BE A PART OF MY ANTI CANCER KITCHEN ARSENAL?
Organic Coconut Sugar is not only naturally low in its glycemic index, but it also has essential nutrients missing in every other sweetener. Traditionally present in East Asian culinary heritage and herbal medicine, coconut sugar has a glycemic index rating of only 35, compared to honey's GI rating of 55, and cane sugar's GI rating of 68. In addition to having a very low glycemic index, coconut sugar is rich in essential nutrients found in no other sweetener, including sugar or honey.
Organic coconut sugar is high in potassium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. It is also a natural source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and C.
NO HARMFUL INGREDIENTS OR DESTRUCTIVE PROCESSING
Organic coconut sugar is 100% organic, unprocessed, unfiltered, unbleached, and natural. It contains no preservatives. It is produced from the sweet juices of tropical coconut palm sugar blossoms. Traditional sugar farmers climb very high into the canapy of swaying coconuts to harvest their sweet nectar by gently slicing the flower. Once collected, the nectars are kettle boiled into a thick caramel. Then they are ground to a fine crystal.
Finally, a healthy alternative to sugar! You can sweeten your deserts without guilt. The only drawback to Organic Coconut Sugar is that at the present time, it must be ordered on line, and is not present in local grocery stores. While this actually keeps the profits local, and in the hands of local farmers, it may be somewhat of an inconvenience to you.
Laurie on March 20, 2019:
where can i order this, I want to buy this for my mom
Ramona on March 13, 2015:
What is the pH level of coconut sugar? Could it be used sparingly on a detox cleanse where I am trying to cut out sugar?
hendro utomo on January 23, 2014:
We are a manufacturer of organic and natural products in Yogyakarta, Indonesia will offer organic coconut sugar and coconut sugar naturally. please advise to whom to contact for offer
ANDREW GIBS on December 06, 2013:
Sorry guys for being quite for a long time. At last, I found reliable supplier of coconut sugar and other coconut based food products. Kindly visit: http://www.cocowonder.com.ph/
nujima on January 21, 2013:
Honestly everyone if you have cancer you need to stay away from all sugars!!! Even coconut sugar!
I am very familiar with coconut sugar as I import it and it is a great product but not for cancer. It's a well known fact that cancer feeds on sugar.
My question for Valerie and maybe Lilah can help us get more current info on this, is where this statistic that we are all repeating about coconut sugar being 35 on the Glycemic Index is coming from? Is there a current third-party study that you are quoting? The only study I know of was done years age by the Philippine Coconut Authority. And no disrespect to my Pinoy friends but that is a slightly biased study. Mainly because it is the PCA's main directive to promote the sale of coconut products from the Philippines.
Is there a recent Glycemic test that has been done by a third party that can show it is really 35? If there is I'd love to see it!
Linda on September 09, 2012:
You can buy coco sugar from Ambrosia Health Food Store in Toronto, Ontario. Try to search this store thru internet. The taste is very good and I have been using it.
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on September 01, 2012:
I think you have to purchase it on line, but Whole Foods, or a similar grocery store might have it.
memenbalquin on August 05, 2012:
where can i buy coco sugar?
Lilah on May 14, 2012:
We are coconut sugar & coconut syrup producers in the Philippines. Currently, our products are exported to US, Europe & Japan. Our products are BFAD approved, USDA certified, HACCP certified, HALAL certified, 100% organic, 100% all natural, 100% chemical free & proudly PINOY product. For interested buyers, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lilah on May 14, 2012:
Just to add my insights on coconut sugar/syrup:
WHY COCONUT SUGAR IS THE BEST CHOICE.
Is sugar really that bad? Often times we ask this question ourselves especially when we start to gain some pounds, when your blood glucose shoots up and your teeth starts to get bad. But the question is “is sugar really that bad?”, What is sugar to begin with? Well sugar is just plain simple carbohydrates, the fuel we use to get energy for our bodies to move and go around with our daily routines in life. That is why it’s very important for us to get our regular share of sugar in our diet.
Now the question is why sugar is the main culprit for numerous diseases that we experience in the modern days; from diabetes, to cancer, hypertension, obesity etc. Name the illness and I’m sure sugar is one of the primary culprit around it. Well the answer is simple, where do you get your sugar? Sugar has many sources and we often associate sugar with SUGAR FROM SUGARCANE WHICH IS ONE OF THE UNHEALTHIEST SOURCE OF SUGAR for our bodies. Particularly white sugar from sugar cane, for the main reason that it has already undergone numerous chemical processes just to achieve its state, combined that it registers a Glycemic Index of 65.
WHAT IS GLYCEMIC INDEX?
Glycemic Index is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates in food on blood sugar levels. It estimates how much each gram of available carbohydrate (total carbohydrate minus fiber) in a food raises a person's blood glucose level following consumption of the food. Relative to consumption of glucose, the higher the glycemic index, the greater its effect on the blood sugar of the body and the lower the glycemic index the lower its effect on the blood sugar.
Now, what if I tell you that you could find a SWEETENR that IS ALL NATURAL & tastes like regular sugar but offers ten times the health benefits? What is it you may ask? It’s COCONUT SUGAR!
WHAT IS COCONUT SUGAR?
Coconut sugar is a nutritious sweetener from Coconut that’s naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. IT HAS LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX OF 35 WHICH MAKES MOST IDEAL, SAFE & NATURAL SWEETENER THAT’S PERFECT FOR YOUR HEALTH. There are numerous health benefits that Coconut Sugar offers that goes beyond regular sugar from cane sugar can offer. The health benefits are as follows:
? It is recommended for proper control & management for Diabetes Mellitus, Heart Diseases, and in maintenance of ideal body weight.
? It can reduce post-prandial blood glucose and insulin.
? It can improve over-all blood glucose and lipid concentrations in normal, and in patients with diabetes mellitus.
? It lowers the total cholesterol and (LDL) Low Density Lipoprotein which may turn to bad cholesterol (Oxidized LDL Cholesterol).
? Relieves symptoms of Diabetic Nephropathy.
? Boosts the Human Immune System and heals a lot of illnesses.
Emery on April 24, 2012:
What is the chemical compound of coconut sugar? Glucose? Fructose? Sucrose? Something other than sugar like Stevia that has not chemical similarity? Thanks
Luvlee83 on November 29, 2011:
SIG and Valeriebelew. I think Andrew is trying to tell us that the coconut sugar you buy from these online retailers and stores may not be 100% pure because there is a chemical preservative that is necessary to use when processing the sap to sugar.
On a personal note, this sounds healthier than the sweeteners that are out there, but I'm concerned about the chemicals used to keep this sugar fresh while being transported and sitting on shelves.
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on November 27, 2011:
SIG, Perhaps Andrew is trying to sell nothing. I don't take the time to explore every link I see on here, but since I support freedom of speech, I don't remove them either. From what I saw, it appeared that way to me, but it is certainly a non issue with me. This hub was only to inform people about this product; it has no emotional value to me. (:v
SlG on November 21, 2011:
Sorry, I'm confused, comment about Andrew--What is he trying to sell? I only see 2 links, one to a very dry article with no products for sell, and one to a wikipedia article, of course with no products to sell. Am I missing something? Btw, that picture of that jar of coconut sugar looks very suspect. I wouldn't trust it at all.
SlG on November 21, 2011:
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sonia on August 19, 2011:
My husband has had a bad reaction to sodium meyabisulphite.His throat feels as though it is closing.Obviously we read labels as much as possible. Years ago many restaurants used to spray this on buffet food to preserve them but there were too many reactions.I used to check with restaurants to make sure they do not use this. Hope I do not have to go back to doing that again.
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on March 19, 2011:
Thanks mar, resources always appreciated.
mar on March 18, 2011:
we are producers of coconut sugar here in the Philippines,it's chemical free and of high quality.anyone interested,kindly just contact me by sending your email at email@example.com
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on February 12, 2011:
Hello Joy, I'd ask my doctor that one. Thanks for commenting on my site.
Joy on February 11, 2011:
How much coco sugar can a diabetic take per meal or per day? For example, is it safe to add 1 heaping tablespoon of coco sugar to 1 cup of coffee?
Also, can I take dessert sweetened with coco sugar simultaneously with a coco sugar sweetened drink?
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on January 23, 2011:
I get the feeling Andrew is trying to sell coconut sugar, so if you want some you might want to visit his links. (:v
ANDREW GIBS on January 23, 2011:
"CHEMICALLY PROCESSED COCONUT SUGAR"
ASEAN Food Journal 14 (1): 45-49 (2007)
COCONUT SUGAR & SYRUP ANALYSIS - The Standard Processed In Indonesia
Purnomo, H., Department of Animal Food Science and Technology,
Faculty of Animal Husbandry, Brawijaya University Malang, East Java, Indonesia
Fresh sap, sap syrup and coconut sugar samples were obtained from the coconut plantation and coconut sugar processor in Java, Indonesia. The samples were taken at random after morning and afternoon tapping, and then processed into sap syrup (75 Brix) and coconut sugar. Chemical preservatives of sodium metabisulphite (metabisulfite) or limestone (Ca(OH)2) solution of 1000 ppm concentration was added as preservative during the processing of fresh sap into syrup and coconut sugar. Refference: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/799/1/45-49.pdf
As mentioned above, collection of coconut nectar or sap is every after morning and afternoon or only twice a day (every 12 hours). At this length of time the coconut nectar/sap is already sour/vinegar or acidity Ph Value, and cannot be granulated anymore into sugar. However with the help of "CHEMICAL" called METABISULPHITE (metabisulfite) as Preservatives, it can now be granulated but the coconut sugar has darker color, noticeable different flavor & aroma, light to medium sour taste & odor and in can affect the Glycemic index.
"CHEMICAL FREE and 100% NATURAL GRANULATED COCONUT SUGAR" - is only obtain through collecting of coconut nectar/sap in every 5 hours round the clock and its only the way to make granulated coconut sugar without "CHEMICAL PRESERVATIVES OR ADDITIVES"
WHAT IS SODIUM METABISULPHITE (metabisulfite)
It is used as a preservative and antioxidant in food and is also known as E223. It may cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to sulfites, including respiratory reactions in asthmatics, anaphylaxis and other allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
SODIUM METABISULPHITE (metabisulfite) for Sanitization / Cleaning agent
It is commonly used in homebrewing and winemaking to sanitize equipment. It is used as a cleaning agent for potable water reverse osmosis membranes in desalination systems. It is also used to remove chloramine from drinking water after treatment. Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodium_metabisulfite
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on January 17, 2011:
Hello Annie, New research happens daily. I had not heard about the link between Stevia and cancer, but it is discouraging since every sugar substitute and suger itself seems to be linked with cancer. I don't know about coconut sugar, but it seems any attempt to reduce cancer risk just leads to another discovery that EVERYTHING sweet causes cancer. Good luck staying cancer free. This is no easy task. (:v
Annie on January 17, 2011:
Stevia has been associated with Cancer There have also, at least in preliminary studies, been links to cancer.
•In the lab, steviol can be converted into a mutagenic compound. This, in turn, may promote cancer by causing mutations in the cells' genetic material, or DNA.
•Scientists are divided on the issue of the cancer link, and remain adamant that further testing, studies, and reviews need to be conducted in order to resolve the issue.So you're telling me that stevia isbetter then coconut sugar for me can I use it and I'll be ok I drink like 8 cups of tea per day and I want to use something that wont make me sick or help the Cancer come back Thank you.
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on January 11, 2011:
annie, Try Stevia, associated with sugar in the raw. My understanding is that it is organic and natural, not synthetic like many sugar substitutes.
annie on January 10, 2011:
IF I HAD CANCER THIS WOULD BE GOOD FOR ME? MY CANCER FEED ON STROGENT AND I TRY TO DRINK A LOT OF GREEN TEA EVERYDAY, SO KNOW BY USING COCONUT SUGAR I'LL BE OK. LET ME KNOW I REALLY NEED SOMETHING TO USE FOR MY TEA I JUST CAN'T DRINK IT PLAIN.
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on September 16, 2010:
Tan, click in Organic Coconut Sugar into your computer, and find out. It can be ordered on line, so the website should tell you whether or not you can order it from Singapore. Since most things are global these days, hopefully you can. Good luck, and thanks for responding to my site. (:v
Tan on September 16, 2010:
Am I able to buy the organic coconut sugar in singapore?
valeriebelew (author) from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA on March 24, 2010:
I do a lot of anti cancer hubs, but the diet is the same in most cases, since high glycemic index is involved both with cancer and problems with being a diabetic. My brother is a diabetic, and the food recommended is pretty much the same. You might visit my site again as there are a lot of food choices here that are good for diabetics. Thanks for commenting on my hub, and for reading it.
dragonbear from Essex UK on March 24, 2010:
What a great discovery I've made! Came across this hubhopping.
As a newly diagnosed diabetic with a sweet tooth - this is a great product. I'm definitely going to track some down here in the UK. Thanks for an interesting hub.