Nowadays, I often use coconut blossom sugar instead of regular sugar. It tastes as sweet as regular sugar, but the big difference is that it is more nutritious. But is it really that healthy or is it just a new hype?
How is it made?
Only certain species of coconut trees can be used to make coconut blossom sugar. It starts with harvesting the spadix, a cluster of flowers on the stem, of the coconut tree. Sap is collected from the flowers. The sap mainly consists of water. The liquid is being boiled until water is evaporated and a syrup is being formed. The end product is brown and granulated. The brown color of the crystals is mostly due to caramelization.
In contrast to regular sugar, coconut blossom sugar contains important antioxidants and minerals, such as: zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, polyphenols and inulin.
- Low glycemic index
- Prevents diabetes
- Improves digestion
- Increases blood circulation
- Reduces weight gain
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Prevents oxidative stress
- Regulates blood pressure
- Improves bone health
- Increases energy levels
However, coconut blossom sugar is still very high in fructose, which is potentially bad for a number of health conditions. Coconut sugar is also very high in calories, just like regular sugar. And... you would have to eat a ridiculous amount of it to satisfy your need for those important nutrients.
But, why choose coconut blossom sugar instead of regular sugar? It is a natural sugar, which is less processed than regular sugar and it really is healthier. But eating a lot of it, wouldn't be a great idea!
Below you will find some recipes with coconut blossom sugar: